Helen & Ruffin Jones Global Studies Fund
Frances Jones Giles '65
When Frances Jones Giles '65 attended R-MWC, she did not have the chance to study abroad. But today, she is doing what she can to make that opportunity a reality for current students at Randolph College.
Though she wasn't able to take advantage of the opportunities at College, Giles did experience the joy of travel with her family. Her father, a dean and professor at the University of Florida, conducted research in both Tunisia and England. "They also did one of those trips around the world so they just felt like it broadened their horizons," she said. "They instilled in us the importance of traveling to different countries to see how other people live."
As a way of showing support both to her alma mater and to her parents, Giles and her sister Helen, endowed a scholarship in the name of her parents, Helen and Ruffin Jones. The Helen and Ruffin Jones Global Studies Fund provides funding for students to study abroad and participate in cross-cultural programs.
"I had such wonderful parents and they afforded me so many opportunities," Giles said. "And I just feel very strongly that I want these younger people coming along to be able to experience another part of the world."
Supporting her alma mater was a chance for Giles to give back to a place that served her well. She cherished the close friendships she formed and the sense of community on campus and has wonderful memories of her professors. "They were just so wonderful. They influenced you and made you a better person," she said.
She has seen that same love of learning and teaching in the students and faculty she has met during trips back to campus. "The students are so enthusiastic about the College," Giles said. "Randolph offers such a great education and still has that tremendous sense of community."