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The Johnson Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2024 4:00 pm ET

Theodore R. Johnson joined United Parcel Service (UPS) as an industrial engineer in 1923. He later became the first personnel manager and vice president of industrial relations. He retired in 1952. Theodore and Vivian Johnson believed that higher education is essential, not only to the individual but also to the welfare and future of our country – that it leads to better leadership, higher ideals, a fuller life, and a deeper appreciation of social responsibility. The dreams and aspirations of young people to attain what they envision for their future will come from hard work and effort. The Johnson Scholarship Foundation will assist by providing scholarships for those in need. Education will lead them to success and to their goals.

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist children of employees who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to The Johnson Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Program must be:

  • Students who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time course of study at an accredited four-year college or university, community college, state college, or vocational-technical school in Florida. Students may attend a proprietary vocational-technical school as long as the school is accredited.
  • Children of regular full-time* UPS employees or permanent part-time** employees.
    • The UPS employee must currently reside in Florida and have resided in Florida for the immediately preceding twelve months prior to the application deadline date.
    • The UPS employee must have a minimum of one year employment with the company as of the application deadline date.
    • The UPS employee must be employed by UPS at the time the award is announced.

Children of UPS retirees*** and deceased UPS employees who were employed at UPS and met the above stated employee requirements as of the time of retirement or death are also eligible.

*Regular full-time at UPS includes approved leave of absence with or without pay for military duty, holding union office, prolonged illness, maternity leave, and personal emergencies.

**A permanent part-time employee is someone who works 15 to 25 hours per week, fills a permanent vacancy and has successfully completed their probationary period; union employees – 30 days and non-union employees – 30 calendar days.

***Retirement status as defined by UPS is leaving UPS at the age of 55 or older and receiving retirement benefits from UPS.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Recipients attending four-year colleges or universities will receive an award ranging from $1,000 to $10,000; recipients attending community colleges, state colleges, or vocational-technical schools will receive an award ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. A small number of awards may exceed the maximum; however awards may not exceed total school costs.

Financial need (the family’s ability to contribute toward a child’s education) will also be considered in determining the size of the award.

Awards may be renewed for up to five additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study and the student continuing to attend an institution in the state of Florida.

The UPS National Merit recipients are also eligible to receive The Johnson Scholarship Foundation award.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Once scholarship recipients are selected, financial data is reviewed to determine the amount of each award, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of The Johnson Scholarship Foundation play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

All applicants will be notified in May.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The Johnson Scholarship Foundation. Payments are made in August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following document:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 6, 2024 4:00 pm ET.

Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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