orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

April 12, 2014

WO-S graduate fundraises for study abroad trip to West Africa

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Jacy Jones, of Orange, will spend a month in Accra, Ghana in West Africa as her first trip outside the country.

The 2011 West Orange Stark graduate is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the study abroad trip 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday in front of the old Sears parking lot located on MacArthur Drive. The link combo and turkey leg fundraiser to assist in the funding of her trip abroad.

Jones, a third-year public relations major at the University of Texas, learned she was accepted into a competitive program to study community work and social development abroad in Accra, Ghana last November.

“My major is Public Relations,” Jones said in a phone interview. “The course work is social work. I am very passionate about giving back to the community and helping others.”

Jones said she is close to raising the funds needed for the trip.

“I raised some funds through an fund raising site but I still need $1,300 for airfare and some of the immunizations,” Jones said. “It is over $100 for the yellow fever one and over $200 for the malaria immunization.”

As a first-generation college student, Jones has maintained a competitive grade point average, participated in numerous student activities, and is a leader in organizations both on and off-campus.

In preparation for her departure in May, Jones is working intensely on a micro-financing and self-empowerment project for Ghanaian women.

“This is an amazing opportunity that extends beyond me,” said Jones in a press release. “This trip is not only for me but the many kids who have dreams to make an impact in this world too.”

The fundraiser, Jones said, was organized with the help of family and God-parents. Frito-Lay donated the chips for the event.

“Coming from a small town like Orange, the real world can be intimidating,” Jones said. “This is an opportunity for me to not only grow as a person but gain pertinent, hands on experience handling societal and political affairs.”

Jones along with a collective of 23 other students will leave for Accra, Ghana May 18, 2014. All proceeds will go directly to funding Jones' airfare, immunizations, and program fee.

To make a donation visit http://www.gofundme.com/jacystudyabroad or e-mail her at jones.jacy@utexas.edu