Johnson Wins 2017 F.J. Lee Award

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Indyasia Johnson
Indyasia Johnson

Lee University recognized Indyasia Johnson as the recipient of the 2017 F.J. Lee Award. Dr. Paul Conn, president of Lee, presented Johnson with this award during the Honors Chapel. 

This annual award was established in 1968 in honor of the second president of Lee University. It is presented to a senior at Lee who has demonstrated high standards of integrity, leadership, service, broad campus involvement, and academic excellence. Each department may nominate one student for the award, and from these nominees a winner is selected by a faculty vote. 

“The dedicated and loving faculty make Lee University the special place that it is, and I am honored that they see me as worthy of this award,” said Ms. Johnson. “I would not be the person I am today without their love and support.” 

Ms. Johnson is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholar and the recipient of both the Outstanding Freshman English Award and the Honors Scholarship. She has also been a member in both Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society and Alpha Chi Honors Society. 

While at Lee, she has served as a chemistry teaching assistant and tutor, peer leader, Alternative Chapel coordinator and speaker, Student Development Office worker and tour guide, Summer Honors Program assistant and resident assistant, and Leonard Center student worker, among others. 

Ms. Johnson has been involved in both on-campus club and service opportunities, such as founding the Black Student Advancement Council, being chairperson of the Student Leadership Council, and serving with Urban Outreach, Operation Christmas Child, and the Lee University Block Party, in addition to many others. 

“Indy is a hard worker, determined to make the most of her college experience,” said Dr. Sarah Schlosser, assistant professor of chemistry. “When I think of Lee and the opportunities provided for students to grow and thrive, I think of Indy. During her time at Lee, Indy has grown academically and developed into a leader possessing the skills to fulfill her dreams and be a world changer.” 

Ms. Johnson, a double-major in biochemistry and chemistry with teaching licensure, will graduate magna cum laude this May. 

After graduation, she plans to get married and move to the Atlanta area where she will pursue a job teaching either middle school or high school science.
 



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