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Aid for Education
JHCP honors Johnson Medical Center namesake with a special scholarship

Two Baltimore City public school students are the first recipients of the Doris Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund, sponsored by Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, awards qualified applicants up to $10,000 in financial aid to attend a private school of their choice in Baltimore City.

The scholarship fund was established by JHCP to honor the late Doris Johnson, East Baltimore community activist and namesake of Johnson Medical Center. When that Kirk Avenue practice was consolidated with two other JHCP practices, East Baltimore Medical Center and Wyman Park Medical Center, Barbara Cook, JHCP president, established the scholarship. “We wanted to preserve the leadership Doris Johnson gifted to Baltimore and support our commitment to the city,” says Cook. “The scholarship offers children the opportunity to excel. Perhaps one day they will give back to their community in much the same way that Doris Johnson did.”

Applicants must be Baltimore City public school students between the ages of 6 and 17 and patients at a JHCP practice in Baltimore City. Family annual income must not exceed $50,000; students must be academically strong and well-rounded. The award is renewable annually based on academic performance and continued financial need.

Launching the new scholarship, JHCP conducted a whirlwind campaign, contacting physicians for ideas on potential applicants and personally calling the families of those young patients. In all, JHCP received nearly two dozen applications. The two winners, patients at Wyman Park and Tindeco, are outstanding students who attended Govans Elementary School and Booker T. Washington Middle School. They and their elated families were given a list of all the private schools in Baltimore from which they made their choices. Both are headed for Catholic schools; each will receive up to $5,000.

Says Cook: “It was so much fun to find the kids who are so right for this scholarship and to give them a real opportunity, one they may not have had otherwise.”

—Anne Bennett Swingle

To contribute to the Doris Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund or to apply for the next school year, contact Daniel Bitzel, EBMC, 410-522-9800 x146.



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