Scholarship is created to honor WU alumnus who died in shooting

Megan Nager | Contributing Reporter

A scholarship has been set up in honor of the 1977 Washington University alumnus Adriel Johnson, the University of Alabama at Huntsville professor who was killed in a campus shooting in February.

In commemoration of Johnson’s death, the students at the Alabama school have established the scholarship to honor him and the other victims of the shooting.

The Dr. Adriel D. Johnson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to biology and nursing majors.

UAH Associate Professor of Biology Amy Bishop is charged with opening fire on her colleagues during a faculty meeting in a shooting spree that left three faculty members dead and three others injured.

The other two fatalities were Gopi Podila, the chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, and Associate Professor of Biology Maria Ragland Davis.

Johnson, an associate professor of biology from Tuskegee, Ala., was a well-loved and respected member of not only the entire Washington University community, but also the Black Students Association.

His Wash. U. friends describe him as an enthusiastic and optimistic person, who was greatly involved in many aspects of campus, including the biology department and several intramural sports.

In the wake of his death, members of the WUSTL Black Alumni Association have rallied together to honor the memory of their fellow alum.

The Association, which is not formally affiliated with the University, has posted the information of the scholarship to its site and is encouraging its members to donate to the scholarship.

Fellow alumni have also shared memories of Johnson on a Facebook group entitled, “We Remember Dr. Adriel Johnson.”

People interested in donating to the Dr. Adriel D. Johnson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund should make checks payable to The Foundation for Excellence at UAHuntsville or can pay online at​larships.php.

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