March 17, 2016

The New College Foundation will again award the Lula White Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award from the endowment fund memorializing Mrs. Johnson.  Mrs. Johnson (1918 – 1990) taught at Albert Harris High School for many years prior to her appointment as English Department Chair at Martinsville High School.  Many former students link her talent and compassion as a teacher directly to their decision to enroll in college as well as their success in the college classroom.


This fund was initiated by Imogene and Isadore Draper, former students of Mrs. Johnson, who led the successful fundraising effort on behalf of NCF.


The award will include $1,000, an engraved plaque, and a public forum (within one year) at which time the recipient will present an educational topic of his/her choice.  Previous recipients of the award have been:

  • 2012 Kimberly Fatten, professor of Accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2013 Dr. Patricia Grant, professor of Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2014 Dr. Coray Davis, professor of Engineering Technology at Virginia State University
  • 2015 Janie Brazier, professor of Social Work at Longwood University


Please consider nominating a faculty member who has positively influenced you or other individuals to pursue higher education and who has made a contribution to the greater community through service and engagement.  Nominations are due April 11, 2016.


Click here to access the nomination form.