Mildred and Washington Johnson Sr Scholarship

Washington and Mildred Johnson, natives of Birmingham, Alabama, were raised in Christian homes, knew the importance of having strong faith in God, and the significance and value of having a God-fearing family.

Washington served in World War II and later worked forty years for United States Steel. Mildred answered God's call to serve first as a career nurse and later as a Bible Instructor for the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists where she taught for 40 years. She furthered her education by earning bachelor's and master's degrees, and an honorary Doctors of Law degree.

The Johnsons felt that there were three important keys for achieving success in their children's lives, namely: developing a strong faith relationship with God and having knowledge of God's word; emphasizing education at an early age and sending their children to Christian schools and colleges; and teaching their children to help others regardless of their life circumstances and let them know that God has a plan for their lives. Washington and Mildred modeled these principles and Christian values.

Washington and his wife, Mildred, did not have a "how to" manual on raising their six children, but God gave them the knowledge they needed. Each of the children graduated from Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama. Each received bachelors and masters degrees, and two earned their terminal degrees, and entered helping professions (education, ministry, business, law, and medicine). Prior to his death in November 2002, Washington felt very blessed to have been able to witness the handiwork of God who had allowed him, along with his wife, to educate their children God's way.

This endowed scholarship is established in recognition of their love for God and family, humanitarian spirit, and life-long commitment to opening doors of opportunity to young people who are striving to achieve an education.

This scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) who is admitted or currently enrolled as a freshman at Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama.

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