Hughes Roiger Jones


Dr. James Roiger, retired chair of the School of Computer Information Systems at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, recently presented a $60,000 gift to the UAM Foundation Fund to create three endowed scholarships.

The scholarships are:

• The Joseph P. and Katherine Roiger Communication Scholarship, named for Roiger’s paternal grandparents and designated for students majoring in communications;

• The Raymond and Loretta Roiger Scholarship for Social Work Service, named for Roiger’s parents and designated for students admitted to the social work program; and

• The Frank and Catherine Hillesheim Forensics Scholarship, named for Roiger’s maternal grandparents and designated for students who are members of the UAM debate and forensics team.

“We are pleased to accept this generous gift from Dr. Roiger,” said Jay Jones, interim vice chancellor for advancement and university relations. “This is just the latest in a long line of gifts made by Dr. Roiger to the Foundation Fund. Dr. Roiger is creating a lasting legacy of educational opportunity for future generations of UAM students.”

Roiger’s previous gifts to the Foundation Fund include the Raymond O. and Loretta J. Roiger Chi Iota Sigma Scholarship, established in 2008, the James F. Roiger Endowed Fund for Library Acquisitions, created in 2009, and the James Roiger Computer Information Systems Scholarship, also established in 2009.

Roiger joined the UAM faculty in 1993 after earning degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Arizona. Initially a member of the speech communications faculty, Roiger became the first chair of the School of Computer Information Systems in 1999.

Roiger spent 21 years in the U.S. Navy, including active duty on the primary recovery ships for Mercury astronauts Gus Grissom and John Glenn, as part of the naval quarantine during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, service in Vietnam in 1971-72, and during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1980.

Each endowed scholarship requires a grade point average of 2.5 or better and will be based on merit and need.