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New Scholarship Established to Support Gerontology Students


Charles M. Johnson of Nashville has established a new scholarship to support Nash Community College students pursuing careers caring for patients suffering from age-related dementia.

Ashleigh Glover, NCC Human Services Gerontology student, of Wilson, is the first to receive the Alzheimer’s Care Scholarship established in 2019.

Ashleigh Glover, left, with Charles M. Johnson

“Mr. Johnson’s role as a governor’s appointee to the Council on Aging motivated him to want to establish this scholarship,” NCC Vice President of Advancement Pam Ballew said. “He feels that so much is being done in the way of research, and he wants to provide assistance for caregivers who are training to work with geriatric patients, especially individuals living with dementia.”

A longtime friend of the college, Mr. Johnson established the Charles M. Johnson-Improved Order of Red Men, Apache Tribe 2 Scholarship in 1987, the Evelyn G. and Charles M. Johnson Honorary Scholarship in 2010 and the L. A. and Mamie Ford Johnson/Jessie and Sally Harper Gay Scholarship in 2011.

Mr. Johnson was also instrumental in securing the naming rights of NCC Building B as “Benvenue Hall” and the Benvenue Alumni Association Scholarship Fund in 2016. Benvenue High School was the original campus of Nash Technical Institute in 1967.

Pictured from left, front row: Gerald Cox, NCC Trustee Mary Wells, Charles Johnson and Johnson’s daughter, Trudy J. Coller. Back row: Larry McAdams, NCC President Emeritus Dr. Reid Parrott, NCC President Dr. Carver, NCC Vice President of Advancement Pam Ballew, Englewood United Methodist Church Senior Pastor Reverend Terry Williams and NCC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Tammie Clark.