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Scholarship Established in Memory of Robert E. Jones at Kaskaskia College


Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that a new scholarship honoring Mr. Robert E. Jones, former Centralia High School basketball coach, has recently been established through the KC Foundation.  This scholarship has been made possible by donations from the Jones family as well as Dr. Shelvy Haywood Keglar, Clinical Psychologist in Indianapolis, who was a former player of Coach Jones.


Mr. Jones had a love of education and this love fueled his drive to excel in school.  When he graduated from Ashley High School in 1946, he enrolled at Arkansas State College in Jonesboro earning a teaching degree in the secondary education field.


He began his teaching and coaching career at McLeansboro High School, and later coached at Norris City High School and Metropolis High School before moving to Centralia High School in 1962 where he was hired to teach social studies and to coach basketball coach.   When he retired from coaching in 1972, the Orphans had won nine regional titles, two super-sectional titles and two Elite Eight I.H.S.A. State Tournament appearances including a second place state trophy.   At one time during his tenure at C.H.S., the Orphans had won 43 straight South Seven Conference games in a row; His record at Centralia was 198-92. 


His combined head coaching record was 319 wins and 130 losses.  Having won 71% of his games with an average of 20 wins per season, Coach Jones was inducted by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association into their Hall of Fame in 1973.  He was later inducted into the Centralia Sports Hall of Fame.  His 1963 and 1964 Orphan teams were inducted to both halls as well. 


In 1973, he became Athletic Director at C.T.H.S. and held that position until his retirement in 1983. 


Criteria for the Robert E. Jones scholarship is as follows:  Applicant must be a graduate of Centralia High School and have a GPA of 2.67.  The scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000 and will be applied toward tuition, fees and books at Kaskaskia College and course related supplies purchased through the Kaskaskia College Bookstore.


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