Phillip Neal Jones was born July 30, 1949 in New Albany, Mississippi. Phil was one of six children raised in a very poor home. His life was dominated by an alcoholic father and an abused mother, who saw no way out of this home environment. Phil realized early in life that a good education would provide the only way out of this situation. His philosophy was, “It’s not where you came from, but where you are going that really matters.” You cannot change the past, but you can determine your future.
Phil graduated form W.P. Daniel High School in New Albany, Mississippi, in 1967. By acquiring loans, grants, scholarships, and jobs, Phil was able to attend college. In 1971, he graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
Phil began his business career in January of 1972 at Brookwood Furniture Company. He worked his way up the ranks, and in 1986 became a co-owner of the company. He remained a successful owner of the company until severe illness forced him to retire in 2004.
Phil realized what a difference an education had made in his life, and knew that many other lives could be changed in the same way. He used every opportunity to encourage young people to get a good education.
Remember, “It’s not where you came from, but where you are going that matters”.
This scholarship is available to graduating seniors at Pontotoc City and County schools. Three scholarships are given annually for $10,000 ($2,500 per semester) to Itawamba Community College.