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$1,000 Jim Johnson Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 Jim Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Cheesa Williams
Thursday, January 07, 2021


 Jim Johnson’s legacy is and always will be that of a passionate educator.  He realized at the early age of 13 that he wanted to teach.  Although no one in his family had ever attended college and the finances were not there for him to go, he found a way by applying for every government grant, loan, and scholarship that he could.  He received his BSE in English from what was then Memphis State University.  He taught for two years and then went back to pursue his Masters in Education.  His love for education and students continued to grow with each passing year.  His first administrative position was in Fordyce, AR.  He continued to learn from his mentors in Fordyce for seven years.  He then applied for the principal position at Jacksonville High School.  JHS was where he really honed his skill as an administrator.  After ten years as principal, he was promoted to Director of Secondary Education for PCSSD.  He pursued his dream job as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education in Rogers, AR.  He retired from public school education in 2007, but was not ready to give up his passion for education. He went to work for the Arkansas Department of Education training and consulting educators throughout the state of Arkansas.  His work ethic and professionalism were among his most recognized and appreciated qualities. 

 Jim Johnson was a poor little boy from Memphis who did not know how he was going to go to college.  He just knew he had to go!  Jim always tried to make dreams come true.  He would love to help your dream come true.  Don’t let anything stand in your way.  Your passion can become your reality, just like it did for Jim.  BE THE NEXT GREAT EDUCATOR!




Scholarship Application Criteria


Graduating senior from Jacksonville High School

GPA of 3.0 or above

Major in education in college with plans to become a teacher

Financial Need

Be accepted at a college or university

Please return completed applications along with your essay, letter of recommendation, and attachments to:

 Amber Reynolds -Guidance Office

Jacksonville High School