John Paul Jones Memorial Trust

Sponsored by The Department of Communication
The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

  • The fund is restricted to students majoring in Communication (graduate and undergraduate) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • The funds will be used first and foremost to help alleviate personal financial emergencies faced by a student (e.g., travel to a funeral of a parent or sibling, unexpected medical necessity not covered by insurance, etc.). The second purpose for which a student may apply for assistance is to carry out extracurricular, scholarly activities associated with the study of communication that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to engage in (e.g., presentations at professional conventions, mock trials, etc.). Monetary funds provided will vary according to the individual case but will in no case exceed $200.00.
  • Students wishing to apply for this fund must submit:
    1. A letter of request explaining the particular need and circumstances surrounding the need; and
    2. Documentation regarding the need, both in regards to the financial situation and the emergency or activity for which the support is required.
  • In the case of applications for extracurricular, scholarly activity support, a statement from a faculty sponsor is required.
  • All monetary support will be determined at the discretion of the Trust Fund Committee, after considering the applicants’ particular situations and needs. No more than $500.00 will be distributed in any one academic year.
  • Recipients will be provided with a short biography of Professor John Paul Jones explaining his interest in helping students. To help perpetuate the name and example of this remarkable teacher and friend, all references to and uses of this account and aid plan will include acknowledgement of Professor Jones’ name.
  • Students will be encouraged, but not required, to repay any funds they receive so that other students in similar circumstances may continue to be helped.

Application deadline for the Fall semester is October 1st and the deadline for the Spring semester is March 1st. Should either of these dates fall on a weekend, the deadline will be the next business day.

To apply, please complete the application process via the following link:

All inquiries should be sent via email to the Department of Communication’s Awards and Recognition Committee,

Biographical Sketch of John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones, Emeritus Associate Professor of Communication, died August 14, 1969, of leukemia at the age of 72. When he retired in June of 1967, he had completed 30 years of teaching voice training, fundamentals of speech, discussion, debate, stage production and drama at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and its predecessor institutions.

Professor Jones was a native of Ishpeming, Michigan. After service in World War I, Mr. Jones studied briefly at the Sorbonne and in 1922 was graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he was an active participant in the Haresfoot drama organization. Many stage personalities were numbered among his friends, including Pauline Lord and Walter Huston, both of whom appeared with Mr. Jones in Broadway productions. For many years, he was associated with the Wisconsin Players as actor and director.

Professor Jones, affectionately called John Paul, began his college teaching career in 1927 at the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota. From there he went to St. Mary’s College, also in Winona, where he remained until 1934. He taught for a short time at the University of Arizona, then coached Hollywood silent screen stars who were making the transition to the “talkies.” He came to the then Milwaukee State Teachers College in 1937.

A colorful personality with a flair for the dramatic, John Paul was likewise respected as an outstanding teacher, devoted to the principles of service, loyalty and creativity in the best traditions of his profession. He combined sincerity of purpose, thoroughness of preparation and scholarship with an understanding of young people. He allowed no “generation gap” to come between him and his students. Hundreds remember him for his gentle and kind character, his quick willingness to help whenever and wherever needed. In addition to his teaching, he served in many other capacities on the campus, including those of Assistant Dean of Men, debate coach, advisor to Delta Sigma Kappa fraternity, and director of dramatic skits.

His faculty colleagues recall his many acts of service which he performed unselfishly and unobtrusively; but they also recall his great spirit of fun and his ability to make the world a fun-filled place for others. Especially memorable in this respect were the famed daily “coffee hours” in the Faculty Lounge those first years of merger, where—largely because of John Paul’s efforts as Chairman of the Lounge Committee—two disparate faculty groups quickly blended into one friendly whole. His efforts to be helpful readily carried over into the community, as he gave generously of his time and talent to many persons and organizations of which his church, St. Monica’s, the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, and the Newman Center were foremost. His dramatic readings were particularly acclaimed.

Artistry perhaps best describes this man—artistry in the art of teaching; artistry in understanding the student; artistry in helping and serving his colleagues; and the rare artistry of genuine confidence in his fellow man. This was John Paul Jones.

To apply, please complete the application process via the following link:

All inquiries should be sent via email to the Department of Communication’s Awards and Recognition Committee,