Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Scholarship and Statue

The West Virginia State University Foundation is proud to announce a campaign to honor distinguished NASA mathematician and WVSU alumna Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson with the establishment of the Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Scholarship and the erection of a bronze statue on campus. The scholarship will benefit students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields, with emphasis on assisting talented individuals who are underrepresented in those fields.


The Opportunity

The Statue

A life-sized bronze statue will be created by West Virginia sculptor Frederick Hightower. The statue will be placed on WVSU’s quad, where it will serve as a source of inspiration to current and future students of all that is possible through dedication, hard work and perseverance. The estimated cost of the statue installation is $150,000. 

The Scholarship

Building upon Katherine Johnson’s legacy as a pioneer in mathematics and WVSU’s strong track record of education in the sciences, the Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Scholarship will benefit students majoring in STEM fields, with emphasis on assisting talented individuals who are underrepresented in those fields. WVSU seeks to endow the scholarship at $100,000.

Recognition

The statue and scholarship will be dedicated on the weekend of Katherine Johnson’s 100th birthday, on August 25, 2018. All gifts received by August 1, 2018 will be recognized in the dedication program.