Ida Johnson Scholarship


Ida (Andersson) Johnson was born in Sweden November 12, 1884; she graduated from nursing school with a goal of working as a pediatric nurse in Ethiopia at a clinic partially funded by her parents. Then she met John Carl Johnson, a Lutheran minister, and they married August 6, 1909 and sailed to New York for their honeymoon.

They liked the USA and eventually settled in Northern Wisconsin, where they raised a family of ten children on a large dairy farm. Both John and Ida were great humanitarians and supported many charitable and educational efforts throughout the world. They had a love for humanity and always shared what they had with people less fortunate. Their youngest daughter, Deborah, sought a medical career and practiced internal medicine and medical oncology for 50 years. Deborah established the Ida Johnson Scholarship Fund in 1988 in honor of her mother, who left a legacy of five generations, including over 100 descendents at the time of her death May 28, 1990 at the age of 105.5 years.

Dr. F. Deborah Johnson became acquainted with Warren Wilson College through the Reverend Paul Watermulder, a member of our Board of Church Visitors, in 1987. She became a trustee (1988-1991) because she felt that the College’s triad approach to a holistic education through academics, work and service was one that she and her husband, Dr. Charles Eid, wanted to support. The earnings of this fund go to help a deserving student with demonstrated financial need who shows academic achievement, character and motivation.