Emily Johnson has been named a 2023 Beinecke Scholar. A first-generation college student working toward a B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy and a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Emily is dedicated to breaking down barriers to educational attainment for low-income individuals. Her professional goal is to understand, interpret, and mitigate class-based inequities as a professor or administrator working in higher education. At The Ohio State University, Emily is a member of Undergraduate Student Government and University Senate. She founded Alpha Alpha Alpha, an honorary that recognizes high achieving first-generation college students, and, importantly, a group that helps first-gen students build community together. She was also selected to join Buckeye Leadership Fellows, an interdisciplinary cohort that engages in personal, professional, and leadership development activities to learn how to apply their talents in a diverse array of situations.
The Beinecke Scholarship Program awards approximately twenty scholarships annually to undergraduate students in their junior year who intend to pursue a terminal degree (PhD or MFA) in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Providing $35,000 toward graduate funding, the program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of their graduate course of study.