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New CALS scholarship to benefit students seeking nursery industry careers

June 18, 2007

Media Contact: Keith Oakley, President of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, 919-515-9262 or

David R. Johnson, owner of Johnson Nursery in Willard, and his family recently created the Johnson Nursery Scholarship Endowment for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.

The scholarship endowment has been established by Johnson Nursery Corporation, Mrs. Marian Ritchie Johnson and the late Dr. George Johnson Jr. in the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. The scholarship is intended to assist and encourage students toward a career in the nursery industry.

"Thank you for what you are doing for the college and the students of the future," said College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Johnny Wynne, at a June 6 endowment-signing ceremony.

David Johnson; his wife, Jill; children, Chason and Annie; and mother, Marian, gathered at the event with representatives of the college. His father, Dr. George Johnson Jr., a leading cardiovascular surgeon at UNC-Chapel Hill who had also planned to sign the agreement, died May 15.

David Johnson said, "The scholarship was decided before dad died, and he was really excited about it." Added Marian Johnson, a psychologist, student counselor and founder of "A Woman's Place" in Chapel Hill, "Our heart is in this. He is here with us."

Terry Wood, N.C. State vice chancellor for university advancement, said, "Generations of students will benefit from the scholarship. The story of your family's generosity will continue in perpetuity."

Gifts, including memorial gifts for Dr. George Johnson Jr., may be made payable to: NC Agricultural Foundation Inc., NCSU Campus Box 7645, Raleigh, NC 27695-7645, ATTN: Johnson Nursery Scholarship Endowment. Or, gifts may be made online.

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Suzanne Stanard, 919.513.3126 or

Posted by Suzanne at June 18, 2007 04:04 PM