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In 2011, the USS JOHN C. STENNIS Family Scholarship was renamed the Bradley E. Johanson Scholarship Program for USS JOHN C. STENNIS Families. This scholarship program which supports educational advancement of spouses and children of USS STENNIS crew members was named to honor the life and legacy of Brad Johanson. His integrity, commitment to duty, perseverance through adversity, and compassionate leadership are public service qualities sought in those who will be awarded scholarships through this program.

Bradley E. Johanson served as the sixth commanding officer of the USS JOHN C. STENNIS from May 5, 2006 until September 18, 2008. His retirement capped a distinguished career in the United States Navy spanning more than 30 years. A hallmark of his leadership on the STENNIS was his care and concern not only for crew members, but for their families as well. Captain Johanson was a strong advocate of continuing education, establishing “Stennis University” onboard the ship and constantly encouraging crew members and their families to “Look Ahead” by gaining education that would prepare them for future challenges and opportunities.

Soon after his retirement, Captain Johanson was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He remained an inspiration to his family and friends and all who served under his leadership throughout his valiant fight against this crippling disease. Captain Johanson died on September 30, 2010, barely two years after concluding his command of STENNIS.

Applications should be submitted no later than April 15, 2019. Read more about the scholarship and download an application here.