Give to the Sgt. Mark Johnson IV Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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Sgt. Mark Johnson IV

As a devoted son, loyal brother, loving husband and father, dedicated Seminole State College of Florida alumnus and valiant Marine, Sgt. Mark Johnson IV always put others before himself. Johnson was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in 2015 during a humanitarian relief mission to help victims devastated by back-to-back earthquakes in Nepal.

Prior to joining the military in 2009,  he attended Seminole State, where he earned an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Automotive Service Management Technology in 2005 and an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in December 2008.

A native of Altamonte Springs, Johnson loved the beach, biking, and most importantly, his wife and two young children.

Johnson was proud to serve his country. His deployments include the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Sahayogi Haat. He was highly decorated and honored with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Air Medal with Strike/Flight 5, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Certificate of Commendation, NATO Medal and a Meritorious Mast.

In celebration of his altruistic spirit, the Sgt. Mark Johnson IV Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established at the request of Seminole State College's Board of Trustees. The scholarship provides financial assistance to current personnel and military veterans who attend Seminole State College. This scholarship is awarded every year during Seminole State College's annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Please join us in continuing his legacy by donating to the Sgt. Mark Johnson IV Memorial Endowed Scholarship and help inspire students to go out into the world and give their best to others.

Success Stories

James Carr

James Carr

I am a full-time student at Seminole State as well as an employee of a concrete precast company. After I complete my associate degree, I’ll transfer to UCF to complete my bachelor's degree in civil engineering so I can help to make my community a better place. This scholarship has immensely helped my financial situation and allowed me to focus more on my schoolwork. This scholarship has given me inspiration from knowing that someone had heard my story and was willing to help me reach my dreams.

Mark Drury

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Mark Drury

I am a former soldier in the United States Army, a husband, and a father to three boys. I spent six years in the Army as an infantryman. During my time I completed one combat tour in Afghanistan in 2010-11. My military career was cut short due to an unprompted injury to my shoulder that I received during the train up to another deployment. This injury all but ended my military career. I was devastated, but I had to refocus my goals for me and my growing family. Being a full-time dad really helped push me back to education. I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Now I am pursuing a degree in education with a focus on social sciences. My family is growing yet again. Last year we had our third child. After completing my associate degree, I will transfer to the University of Central Florida to finish my degree in education.

Additional Information

Thank you to our donors who support this scholarship:

  • Roy Agnew
  • Janet Balanoff
  • Euclides Barahona
  • Tom Barnes
  • Board of County Commissioners, Seminole County, Florida
  • BOS
  • Miriam Brady
  • Jason Brodeur
  • Robert Brown
  • Yoit Callaghan
  • Lyne Chamberlain
  • Christopher Claeys
  • Richard Copeland
  • Lucinda Coulter-Burbach
  • Josh Dannel
  • John Dayton
  • Duke Energy
  • Frank Episale
  • Regge Episale
  • Olivia Etheridge
  • Susan Galotifiore
  • Matt Glora
  • Joshua Goretzke
  • Gray Robinson
  • Andrew Hamilton
  • Preston Haworth
  • Arthur Hemmings
  • James Hibler
  • Jasyn Hopkins
  • Stephanie Howsare
  • Teresa Hyer
  • Margaret Jenkins
  • Jeffery Johnson
  • Mark Johnson
  • Thomas Kerr
  • Angela LeBoeuf
  • Peter Leonard
  • Rolland Loomis
  • Dolores Lukomski
  • Pete Martin
  • Dr. E. Ann McGee
  • Ann Meier
  • Gustavo Morel
  • Nepali Community Center Orlando (NCCO)
  • Eric Nielsen
  • Justin Noel
  • Alishia Novey
  • William Oldham
  • Maureen Preuss
  • Kelli Renault
  • S&S Roofing Systems, Inc.
  • Mandy Sayre
  • Roger Scott
  • Donna Sheriff
  • David Simmons
  • Clayton Smith
  • Phyllis Spears
  • Thomas Stepniak
  • Tiffany Townsend
  • Shawn Tucy
  • Brian Vickaryous
  • Justin Ward
  • Janice Wilhelm
  • Matt Williams


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