The Johnson Scholars Program is a college readiness program for first-generation college students at five targeted high schools that requires participation in a cohort throughout four years of high school with the possibility to compete for a Four-Year Florida College Prepaid scholarship.  The program is funded by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation and the overall impact for School District of Palm Beach County students through the 2020 graduating class will be $3.2 million dollars.


The Johnson Scholars Program focuses services on the following five high schools:

  • Lake Worth High School
  • Palm Beach Lakes High School
  • Palm Beach Gardens High School
  • Santaluces High School
  • William T. Dwyer High School

The students selected must qualify for Federal Free and Reduced Priced Meal Benefits through the National School Lunch Program, be first generation (mother nor father have completed a four-year college degree), and remain within their cohorts for all four years of high school to be eligible to compete for the scholarship in their senior year. 


Students who have met the above qualifications should return the competed Johnson Scholars Application Packet to the Johnson Scholars Coordinator on his/her campus.


Interested students must complete the Johnson Scholars Application and obtain teacher recommendation forms.  If selected, students will be expected to:

  • Fulfill the Drug- and Crime-Free and the Johnson Scholars Student Responsibilities agreements
  • Meet consistently with assigned mentors 
  • Attend all the Johnson Scholars club meeting held at the school
  • Attend two college readiness workshops each year

Students selected to participate in the program will receive:

  • Assistance with making and maintaining a College Readiness Portfolio;
  • Step-by-step assistance in planning for and applying to college;
  • An opportunity for trips to visit local and state colleges with the Johnson Scholars Cohort;
  • Assistance in making a postsecondary success plan and guidance to follow it;
  • The opportunity to meet friends with similar academic goals for success;
  • Financially qualified students receive a two year Florida Pre-paid scholarship with the opportunity to compete for the four year award.

Contact Information

Becky Youngman, Manager - College Readiness
Phone: 561-982-0945
PX: 86344
Fax: 561- 432-6344

Wanda Kirby
Specialist, Johnson Scholars
Phone: 561-982-0913
PX: 50913
Fax: 561-982-0943

Gbolade George
Resource Teacher, Johnson Scholars
Phone: 561-234-7410