IRSC Employees Jack & Mary Jane Hopkins Share A Love For Helping Students

Monday, November 2, 2015


John “Jack” and Mary Jane Hopkins share many things, including their philosophy of supporting Indian River State College. Both are employed by IRSC --- Jack is the Associate Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center and his wife Mary Jane is a professor in the nursing department.

The Hopkins, who have been married for 33 years, are longtime supporters of the college. This generous couple has supported several initiatives and programs through the years.

Jack is not only an employee, but is an IRSC alumnus. He was one of the first to join the IRSC Alumni Association as a lifetime member and he plays golf each year in the Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament to benefit scholarships.

Mary Jane co-authored a multimedia lecture series “Fundamentals of Nursing” for students enrolled in IRSC’s nursing program and donated the proceeds of the sales to the college to benefit student scholarships.  

Together, Jack and Mary Jane supported capital campaigns for both the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies at the Main Campus and the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center at the Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West. 

“We understand the value of education and how it can change lives. We support IRSC because we know our contributions are being used to help deserving students to change their lives and prepare for careers that serve our local community” says Mary Jane.

Jack continues, “The secret sauce for IRSC has always been about caring for our students.”

Looking to the college’s future, the couple wants to ensure that future students will also receive assistance to pursue their dreams.  They have included IRSC in their estate plan, giving them one more thing to share – membership in the President’s Legacy Club.

Employee support is vital to the college’s mission and demonstrates the commitment to excellence shared by employees at IRSC. Hundreds of employees annually support the college through the Foundation’s employee appeal.  Employees support scholarships, capital campaigns, lifelong learning, and numerous additional programs. The current campaign will establish an endowed scholarship funded entirely by college employees.