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WISE LA Launches the Jerilyn Jones Scholarship In Memoriam



Jerilyn Jones was an extraordinary woman who valued integrity, honesty, trust, and hard work. She had a strong code of ethics and displayed altruism in how she supported other Black/African American women and her community. Jerilyn was an advocate for others and often spoke up with an admirable fierceness.

Jerilyn was special to many people and was immensely loved by her family and friends. She advocated for Black/African American women who were looking to advance their careers and find a supportive community, mentors and sponsors in the sports industry. Jerilyn also had an unstoppable commitment to breaking down unconscious biases and anti-racism. Her perseverance was honorable.  

Since her passing from Ovarian Cancer in 2020, Jerilyn’s family and friends wish to continue her work in advocating for Black/ African American women in the sports industry. In memory of Jerilyn and by the wishes of her family and friends, WISE LA created the “In Memory of” Jerilyn Jones Scholarship. WISE LA will select three Black/African-American women with one to five years of working experience in the sports industry who can reimagine their journey and advancement through the sports industry with mentorship, sponsorship and encouragement 

Scholarship Includes: 

  • One professional membership to WISE LA (Year One: March 2021 – May 30, 2022)   
  • Admittance to the WISE LA Women’s of Inspiration (or equivalent program)  
  • Guaranteed WISE Within Mentorship opportunity  
  • One informational interview with a senior executive in the sports industry  

For consideration, candidates needed to:

  • A Black/African American woman with one to five years of working experience in the sports industry  
  • Submit a 100-word statement on how the “In Memory Of” Jerilyn Jones Scholarship can support you in reimagining your sports career
The application submission window is now closed for 2021. Please sign up for our Los Angeles newsletter to stay updated with information on next year's scholarship application window. 

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