Margaret Johnson Honorary Scholarship Endowment
Margaret was born in Fortville on October 8, 1905, and with the high standards established by her parents, she would spend the next 100 years accomplishing “much more than most women” during this time.
After graduating from Fortville High School in 1923, Margaret went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in 1927 and a Master’s from Northwestern University. She attended Anderson Business College and also holds diplomas from Bryant and Stratton, and from the Gregg College of Chicago. Margaret taught briefly at Fortville High School and McCordsville High School before taking a position in 1933 at Sullins College, a private, Liberal Arts College that educated young women on its hilltop campus in Bristol, Virginia along the border of Tennessee. She worked there over 50 years where her list of accomplishments is long; she initially headed up the secretarial/business department, teaching accounting, stenography, and business law and business efficiency among many other subjects. She also served as secretary for the faculty and was a member of the guidance, classroom and classifications committees. Her experience and involvement promoted her to Dean of Women in 1954, a position she would hold until her retirement in 1970. The yearbooks at Sullins College are filled with glowing comments about Ms. Johnson because of her positive influence and major impact that she had on the attendees of the College due to her great leadership, high ideals and her sympathetic, caring nature.
Though she never married or had children of her own, Margaret has devoted decades to helping others improve their education and lives. After returning to Fortville in the early 1970’s, she was involved as a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, the Fortville United Methodist Church and is a 50+ year member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority.
On her 100th birthday, her family established the Margaret Johnson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is to be given yearly to a female graduate of Mt. Vernon High School. Margaret passed away in March 2011 at the age of 105, however the scholarship will continue to honor her name and life influence for many years to come.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Mt. Vernon High School, female, and have been accepted into a post-secondary institution, and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education, business, and/or accounting. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.