Friday, August 2, 2013

Inaugural Recipient of the Williams Health Education Fellowship - Megan Johnson

Dr. Larry LeFlore, Phil Trammell, Megan Johnson, Dr. Jennifer Martin, Dr. Jimmy Ishee

Dr. Janice C. Williams graduated from Texas Woman's University with a Ph.D. in Health Studies in 1973. After she graduated, she taught public school in Texas and Louisiana. She developed health teaching programs for Texas State University, Virginia Tech University and Texas A&M-Kingsville. Dr. Williams passed away in 2011. She graciously left $340,000 to the Department of Health Studies and Dance Department to develop fellowships. The Williams Health Education Endowed Fellowship supports doctoral students in the TWU Health Studies Department in a teaching fellowship. Megan O. Johnson was selected to be the first recipient for the fellowship. She will receive an award of $7500 for the 2013-2014 academic year. Megan shared with us her experience of receiving the fellowship:

Few of us know what it feels like to be the first at something, to do something, or to receive something. I am fortunate to be one of those few.  On June 5, 2013, I was notified that I would be receiving the first-ever award for the Williams Health Education Endowed Fellowship. Two weeks later, I was presented with the official certificate at a special, memorable ceremony. My sole purpose for applying for the fellowship was because I wanted to teach again. After a year hiatus, I have been itching to get back into a classroom and in front of students again. To receive this fellowship has been remarkable but to be the first to receive it has been an honor. It is an unbelievable feeling to be recognized by others for your hard work and dedication to the field of health education. I look forward to making a positive difference in the lives of my students and to making Dr. Janice Williams proud by fulfilling her legacy. I am grateful to everyone who helped make this fellowship possible for future health educators like myself to pursue their dreams of teaching. 

Forever thankful,

Megan O. Johnson, M.S., C.H.E.S.

Learn about other TWU Health Studies scholarships.

You can give to Williams Health Education Fellowship and other Health Studies scholarships by clicking here,

Under Designation choose Other. Then type in the name of the scholarship you want to fund:

  • Williams Health Education Fellowship (a teaching fellowship for doctoral students in Health Studies)
  •  Anita Jill Coyle Scholarship Endowment
  • Mary Lynn Walker Drews Endowed Scholarship for graduate students in Health Studies
  • P.C. & Josephine Del Barto Endowed Scholarship for undergraduate students majoring in health studies, nursing, and education
  • Jacinda Simone Kennedy Endowed Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate students majoring in Health Studies

Dean Ishee officially presents the fellowship to Megan Johnson.


Dr. Gay James with Megan Johnson at the fellowship reception.

Dr. Kimberly Parker with Megan Johnson at the fellowship reception.

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