First to college; first to graduate

Going to college is a point of pride for students who are first in their family to venture into unknown territory. For some, this pride may quickly manifest into uncertainty or concern that they don’t belong. The unfamiliarity of the college environment, complete with oddly named offices like the Bursar and the Registrar, many first-generation students quickly notice the complexities of college life. For many, … Continue reading First to college; first to graduate

Thank You

As the end of our first full 25 years comes to a close it becomes all of us at the Johnson Scholarship Foundation – Board members, staff and consultants – to count the things for which we are grateful. Let us start with our founders, Theodore and Vivian Johnson. They have given us the privilege of being in the business of making grants to promising ideas, … Continue reading Thank You

Thinking About “Our Kids”

A book by one of America’s leading scholars was published a few months ago, Our Kids, The American Dream in Crisis, by the sociologist Robert Putnam .  Putman is an eloquent and renowned writer and researcher. He is, as the New York Times wrote in a review of Our Kids, “technically a Harvard social scientist, but a better description might be poet laureate of civil … Continue reading Thinking About “Our Kids”