Carolyn Lee Johnson was a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Eastern Hancock Schools for 35 years prior to her retirement in 2003. She loved each of the roles she played there. She said upon her retirement that the only thing she wouldn’t miss was the paperwork. She missed the students, faculty, and staff alike.
One of her favorite sayings was “I can be unhappy that a rose bush has thorns or rejoice because a thorn bush has roses”. Ms. Johnson always looked for the roses on the thorn bush. She inspired countless students, faculty and staff to reach deep inside themselves for that little extra to help them succeed. She did not watch the scoreboard as much as she watched for growing athletes bettering themselves and achieving personal bests.
The scholarship benefits an Eastern Hancock student pursuing a four year degree in education. The goal of the Carolyn Johnson Scholarship is to give some individual that extra help needed to succeed; therefore, qualifying students need not meet a minimum GPA requirement, but must exhibit the desire to pursue higher learning through documentation of college/university admission. In addition this person shall have demonstrated financial need, a minimum of one year participation in an extracurricular sports activity, acts of kindness and helpfulness to faculty and fellow students, and school spirit. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.