So it was natural for her to turn to the university to recently establish a scholarship, continuing her legacy of helping young Tennesseans pursue higher education. Along with her husband, Tennessee Tech's College of Business Administration Dean Emeritus Louis Johnson, she hopes to help students achieve a better way of life.
"Our university and our entire community are better places because of the service and devotion the Johnsons have given to us all," said Tennessee Tech President Angelo Volpe. "This new scholarship will be a lasting legacy to their dedication in helping others."
Johnson took her first dance class on campus in 1915 at age six and graduated high school from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in 1927. A teacher at Baxter Elementary after high school, she returned to campus for classes and worked as President Q.M. Smith's secretary in the late 1930s. She graduated from TPI in 1944 and taught business communications for 23 years before retiring in 1975.
Johnson's contributions to the university were not limited to an office or classroom. Beginning in her high school years and throughout her career, she played the organ for outdoor commencements and for ceremonies in Derryberry Hall and Hooper Eblen Center.
"I have such wonderful memories of Tennessee Tech," said Johnson. "And if this scholarship can open the door for young people to come here and create their own memories and successes, that's something I'll treasure."
The Virginia Wilcox Johnson Scholarship is open to any prospective or current student enrolled in the College of Business Administration who is a Tennessee resident, maintains a 3.5 or better high school grade point average or a 3.2 or better average at Tennessee Tech, exhibits leadership qualities through extra curricular activities and shows good citizenship, character and need.
For information about how to contribute to the scholarship, call 372-3206.