New education scholarship established in honor of Marguerite Johnson

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New education scholarship established in honor of Marguerite Johnson

A new education scholarship has been established through the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation in honor of the late Marguerite D. Johnson.  The award was established by family to recognize her family values and passion for young people.  According to her family, she made a huge impact on countless young people.  Her influence started at home, continued in the classroom and later continued as a mentor and a grandmother after her retirement.

Johnson was born in 1925 on the family farm one-half mile east of Ingersoll where she attended Ingersoll Public School for the first eight grades.  While on the farm, there were many daily chores that needed to be completed.  Johnson worked hard at milking cows, dressing chickens and learning to cook.  She graduated from Cherokee High School and upon graduation her family moved from their farm house to Cherokee.  She married Walter N. Johnson, Jr. of Cherokee on Aug. 25, 1946.  Walter attended Northwestern State College where he received his bachelor’s degree. 

Marguerite and her husband then moved to Alva, where she was a stay-at-home mother caring for her three sons: Ron, Don and Steve.  After her sons where in school she began her college career at Northwestern.  She completed her bachelor’s degree with a major in elementary education and went on to receive a Master of Education degree at Northwestern and was a certified Reading Specialist. Marguerite taught two years for Byron Public Schools and then taught at Washington Elementary School for 19 years.

“The Marguerite Johnson Scholarship is a fitting tribute to a woman and her family, who were dedicated to the service of education,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “We are appreciative of the family’s support of our education students and their dreams of becoming successful teachers.”

The Marguerite Johnson Scholarship provides financial assistance to full-time Northwestern education students with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Applicants must be continuing students. The recipient must be involved in campus activities that demonstrate leadership qualities.  The scholarship may be applied toward university-related expenses, such as tuition, fees, room, board and books.

For more information about contributing to scholarships at Northwestern, contact Skeeter Bird, CEO of Northwestern Foundation and Alumni Association, at or 580-327-8599.


A Northwestern Foundation and Alumni Association release.