Kenya Jones, a 2017 graduate of South Stokes High School, is the recipient of the North Carolina Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC) Buster Bynum Educational Scholarship.
The SESPTC is a non-profit corporation created over sixty-six years ago to host an annual conference focused on educating student transportation professionals working in the southeast United States. The member states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. This year SESPTC Board of Directors approved an award for a deserving student in each of the fourteen southeastern states.
In addition to being an outstanding student, to be eligible for the scholarship you must have a parent that works in pupil transportation. Jones’ mother, Rosalyn Covington-Jones has worked for Stokes County Schools for over twelve years as a bus driver, bus monitor and TA in the classroom. Jones was selected from among applicants from every school district in North Carolina. She will receive $2,500 to be used to cover educational expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she will attend starting this fall.
According to Brad Lankford, Director of Transportation for Stokes County Schools, Jones is the first student to win this grant from Stokes County.
“We’re thrilled for Kenya and her family and we’re proud this honor goes to one of our own Stokes County students. I also want to thank Rosalyn for her many years of service in pupil transportation and her dedication to the students of Stokes County Schools. Kenya put in the hard work that won her this grant, but it was her mother’s service that made it possible for Kenya to apply,” Lankford said. “Congratulations to Kenya and her parents Darryl Jones and Rosalyn Covington-Jones.”