Foster Parents Association walks to raise money for student scholarships

May 20, 2013 in Local News, News, Top Stories

Journal Staff Writer

More than 60 people donned their jogging suits and laced up their walking shoes to participate in the 13th annual Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund’s walk at Ottawa Park on Saturday, May 11.
The 6.2 mile walk around the park was called “Step Out for Kids.”
The scholarship fund is named in honor of the late Jeanette Johnson, who according to event planners, cared for more than 50 foster care children.
Steve Foster, president, said the event raises money for two high school seniors who will attend college. The 2013 recipients are Marcus Henry and Aleigha Pearson. Both were to receive $1,000.
Applicants for the scholarship must be in foster care, high school seniors, have at least a 2.5 grade point average and compose an essay explaining why they should receive the scholarship, Foster said.
“It’s important for children in foster care to know that there’s a future for them,” he said. “We want them to know they can become that doctor, lawyer or president of the United States.”
Marjory Curry received the scholarship in 2005. Every year since then, she has returned to help at the event.
“Receiving that scholarship encouraged me to further my education,” Curry said. “This association showed me they cared about my future.”
Although the scholarship was important, she said it was the sincerity from the members of the association who really impacted her.
After the walk, a picnic was held and the scholarship recipients spoke about their futures.