Wine Industry Scholarship Program Provides Opportunities for First-Generation Students

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation and Sonoma State University (SSU) are partnering to support an innovative scholarship program focused on first-generation, low-income students whose families are connected to the wine industry. SSU is located in the heart of California’s premier wine region and serves approximately 9,300 students annually. Approximately 30 percent of SSU students are first-generation, low-income, or from underserved populations. Given the location of our … Continue reading Wine Industry Scholarship Program Provides Opportunities for First-Generation Students

In School and in Life, Graduating Senior Demonstrates Leadership

This post originally appeared in the Lake Worth High School Alumni Foundation newsletter. It’s tough enough to excel academically in high school, and even tougher when you’re also a veteran on the football team. But tough situations don’t intimidate recent Lake Worth Community High School graduate Matthew Narcisse. Narcisse earned a 4.18 HPA while playing on the Trojans football team all four years. He’s also … Continue reading In School and in Life, Graduating Senior Demonstrates Leadership

First-Generation Student Overcomes Challenges on Path to Wall Street Career

If you had asked 18-year-old Mohamad Merilan where he would be after college, he would not have said, “working on Wall Street.” Merilan is now working for Credit Suisse in the Research Clearance Technology division. Merilan went from attending D-ranked public schools without the promise of higher education to graduating from the University of Florida with a job offer to work on Wall Street. Throughout … Continue reading First-Generation Student Overcomes Challenges on Path to Wall Street Career

Supporting First-Generation Students

What are some ways in which institutions can support first-generation college students? The following podcast, courtesy of the University of Florida’s Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence, features insights from first-generation University of Florida student Adrian Cruz and Dr. Leslie Pendleton, director of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program. The Johnson Scholarship Foundation was an early supporter of this nationally recognized program. Dr. Leslie … Continue reading Supporting First-Generation Students

Graduation Season is Here

There is something quite magical about this time of year. The academic regalia, the congratulatory hugs, the encouraging speeches and the familiar chords of “Pomp and Circumstance” all signal a time of transition and new beginnings. We at the Johnson Scholarship Foundation have been busy attending several year-end events, such as the Johnson Scholars celebrations at the various high schools, the dinner for the Machen … Continue reading Graduation Season is Here