Ralph & Inez Johnson Endowed Scholarship
To say that Ralph Johnson was a school administrator is to understate the depth of his dedication to young people and education. As a teacher and administrator, a college professor and a board member, Mr. Johnson was involved in practically every aspect of education. A native of Franklin, he graduated from Franklin College in 1911 and went on to earn his master's degree at Columbia University. He taught at LaPorte and Alexandria high schools and was principal at high schools in Bluffton and Mishawaka in Indiana and in Hastings, NE, and Dubuque, IA. He was superintendent of schools in Independence, IA. While in Iowa, he was president of the Iowa State Teachers Association, the Northeast Iowa State Teachers Association and the Secondary School Principals of Iowa. Back in Indiana, he served two years on the board of control of the Indiana High School Athletic Association. Prior to his retirement, he spent two years as an associate professor of mathematics at the State University of Iowa at Ames. His wife, Inez Johnson, was a graduate of Earlham College. The couple had two children. Their son, Robert A. Johnson, also graduated from Franklin College.
The Ralph and Inez Johnson Endowed Scholarship is presented to students based on their economic need. The financial aid office selects recipients.