In 2011, the USS JOHN C. STENNIS Family Scholarship became the Bradley E. Johanson Scholarship Program for USS JOHN C. STENNIS Families. This scholarship program, which supports the educational advancement of spouses and children of USS JOHN C. STENNIS crew members, was named to honor the life and legacy of Captain Bradley E. Johanson. His integrity, commitment to duty, perseverance through adversity, and compassionate leadership are public service qualities sought in scholarship recipients of 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 and spanned more than 30 years. A hallmark of his leadership on the USS JOHN C. 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 continually encouraging crew members and their families to “Look Ahead” by gaining an 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 USS JOHN C. STENNIS.
2019 Scholarship Recipients
Katelyn D. Adkins of Newark, Ohio
Robyn M. Cadell of Kingston, Washington
Katie Mitchell of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Katherine E. Mueck of Fairfax Station, Virginia