Emory & Henry College announced today the establishment of a scholarship for qualified E&H students who exemplify the qualities of service to others that have characterized life and career of former, longtime Virginia delegate Joe P. Johnson, Jr.
The Joseph P. Johnson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship was initiated in 2012 with gifts from 20 alumni and friends of the Dom-I-Necher Fraternity at Emory & Henry. Through additional gifts, the fund reached the threshold for fully endowed status (defined by the College as $25,000) in December 2013.
The scholarship was officially acknowledged during a signing ceremony at Emory & Henry, which was attended by Johnson, E&H President Jake Schrum, members of the Dom-I-Necher Fraternity, college employees and friends and family of Johnson.
“It is with a great sense of pride that Emory & Henry announces this scholarship today,” said Schrum. “Joe’s life story, his impressive record of success as a public servant, and his commitment to service represents the best of what we value most at this College – the transformation of lives and a commitment to transform communities.”
Throughout his legislative career, Johnson was a strong advocate of education. When he was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1965, he began a long legislative career (from 1965 to 1969 and from 1989 to 2013) devoted in large part to strengthening educational opportunities in Southwest Virginia and providing the same advantages to others that helped him to a full, successful life.