The Betty Johnstone Scholarship for a Student in Transition

Since 2010, Altrusa International of St. Augustine has offered the Betty Johnstone Scholarship to Students in Transition who demonstrate a need, have academic merit, and are attending First Coast Technical College (FCTC) or St. John River State College(SJRSC). At SJRSC, the club also participates in the state program where matching funds are provided to students who are the first generation in the family to attend college.

The Betty Johnstone Scholarship program is named in honor of one of  our members. Although now deceased, Betty is remembered for working tirelessly in the St. Augustine community to further literacy.  Our club felt it appropriate to continue her work by awarding scholarships to deserving St. Johns County residents in need of financial assistance to pursue their career dreams.

One of our current scholarship recipients is a single mother who went back to school and has now completed all course work in graphic design, new media. In the past, the students have been in many diverse fields of study: medical technology; nursing; fire fighting; pharmacy technician; automotive; welding; paramedic; and HVAC technician. The students have used the funds from their scholarship for many different purposes including: tools for the HVAC program; uniforms for the paramedic program; test fees for different certificates; tuition; and, books.

Funds to support our scholarship program are part of the proceeds from our annual Fashion Show. Depending on the amount of our proceeds, we have been able to offer three and sometimes four scholarships each year.

The St. Augustine Altrusa Club also promotes the Altrusa International’s District Three Joey Robison Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students. Students who qualify must have been out of high school for six or more years and  are attending college or tech school. Life changes, such as divorce and the need for better education, financial hardship, necessary change of career, or other limitations contribute to their delayed education. The Robison Scholarship has been awarded to several students in St. Johns County.

For more information about the Betty Johnstone Scholarship for Students in Transition and the Joey Robison Scholarship at FCTC call 904-547-3386. At SJRSC, call 386-312-4100; or contact the St. Augustine Altrusa Club’s Scholarship chairperson Mimi Cooper at