Stephanie Tubbs Jones was the first African American woman from Ohio to be elected to Congress and a Case Western Reserve University alumna who lived with a passion for public service. A friend of the university and advocate for her community, Tubbs Jones went on to serve five terms as a representative of Ohio’s 11th Congressional District until her untimely passing in 2008. The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Scholarship was established in recognition of her achievements to assist undergraduate students at CWRU who share her drive to better their community.
“If they were willing to stand at polls for countless hours in the rain, as many did in Ohio, then I should surely stand up for them here in the halls of Congress.”
—Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
A trailblazer and fiercely dedicated change maker, Stephanie Tubbs Jones started out her career as a leader at CWRU as the president of the Afro-American Society.
After her receiving her juris doctorate from CWRU Law School, Tubbs Jones became the first African-American woman to become a Common Pleas court judge in Ohio, then the first African American woman to be a county prosecutor in Ohio, and finally, the first African-American woman in the state’s history to be elected to Congress. In her five terms representing Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, Tubbs Jones passionately advocated for education, protection of voting rights, and healthcare for lower and middle income individuals.
She remained an active member of the university community throughout her career, and her impact on campus can be seen in the many structures and programs that bear her name, such as the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Residence Hall opened in 2015.
This scholarship carries on her legacy by supporting the next generation of students dedicated to community.