1) His faith in God and dedication to the Church.
2) His commitment to education, evidenced chiefly by his satisfaction in seeing his five children graduate from college.
3) His strong dedication to family, especially as he raised five children after the death of both of his wives.
4) His commitment to the community in his life-long home of Roxboro, North Carolina.
Knowing the value long placed on education in the Presbyterian Church, Mary Jane desired to establish a lasting memorial in honor of her father. It is Mary Jane's wish that through this memorial scholarship, an enduring tie will be maintained to her direct descendants as they too cherish the memory of Nathaniel Hassell Fox.