This fund was established in 1997 in honor of Walter O. Johnson (1897-1996) and Frieda Johnson (1899-1980) by their three children, Walter A. Johnson, Edna Johnson Haferman, and Elaine Johnson Wittrock. Walter O. Johnson taught school for 51 years at St. Paul-Green Bay, Wisconsin, and St. Paul-Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He also served in World War I as an ambulance driver in France. Both Walter and Frieda were very dedicated to the work of the Lord, and many descendants of the Johnsons continue to serve in the WELS teaching ministry. The Johnson children explain, “Through this grant, help can be given to students as they continue their education at Martin Luther College.”
Income from the fund is allocated to MLC students who have financial need, with preference given to students who are members of St. Paul-Wisconsin Rapids.