Evan Magni, a freshman in the Donald W. Scott College of Business, had been thinking of Indiana State University as his university of choice for years. Receiving the Lavelda Johnson Goble Scholarship decided it for him.
Lavelda Johnson Goble, who spent decades working in the ISU president’s office, established the scholarship for students graduating from her hometown’s high school.
Magni’s first encounter with ISU was Tech Trek, an outreach program offered through ISU’s College of Technology that engages students from regional high schools in technology related competitions.
“I had always known ISU was in Terre Haute, but it was Tech Trek that got me interested in attending the school,” Magni said.
An honors student at Linton-Stockton High School in Linton, Ind., Magni is also a recipient of ISU’s Laptop Award. Coupled with the Lavelda Johson Goble Scholarship, the support Magni received at ISU helped him make his college choice.
“I had looked at Purdue, USI (University of Southern Indiana), and ISU. ISU seemed to be the right size and receiving the scholarship made it financially possible,” Magni said.
As a first generation college student, Magni understands the financial burden a college education can have on many students.
“A lot of kids don’t have enough money to go to college and this scholarship helped me not to have to use every dollar I have to pay for school.”
Lavelda Johson Goble Scholarship, one of Mrs. Goble’s greatest points of pride was the accomplishments of students. Magni is taking full advantage of the reduced financial burden the scholarship provides in order to put all his energies into realizing those exact academic accomplishments.
“The scholarship has helped me feel more relaxed and to be able to focus on my studies. I don’t feel the pressure to have to do my work, worry about bills and try to find a job,” Magni said.
Magni reflected on the investment the Goble’s had made in him and what he would have told Jack Johnson and Lavelda Johnson Goble if he could have met them.
“I would want to be able to thank them for helping someone like me get through college. I mean, it’s a great deal of money they could have spent on themselves.”
About the scholarship
Jack Johnson and Lavelda Johnson Goble dedicated their professional lives to Indiana State University. Now, their devotion will continue in the form of a bequest to the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign.
The $700,000 gift will help provide financial support to students via March On! The Campaign for Indiana State University. With the disbursement from Goble’s estate, the value of scholarships set up in her name and that of her late husband will increase by eight times. Goble worked in the university president’s office from 1961 to 1987, during the tenure of presidents Raleigh Holmstedt, Alan Rankin, and Richard Landini. Johnson retired from the political science department faculty in 1982.
The couple had great empathy for students and found their greatest pride in student accomplishments, according to those who knew them.
“She was a mentor to the work study students in her office,” remembers longtime friend Dorothy Jerse. “She was aware of the struggles young people faced and was happy to know so many students.”
Johnson “was a brilliant man,” said longtime colleague William Maxam, “one of the nicest guys I ever knew.”
Maxam, who began his ISU career with Johnson in 1964, said Johnson always put students first, even ahead of being published.
The Jack T. Johnson Political Science Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students majoring in political science who maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher. The Lavelda Johnson Goble Scholarship is awarded to a Linton-Stockton High School graduate enrolled in the Scott College of Business. Linton was Goble’s hometown.
Michael Scott, a recent ISU political science graduate from Gary, Ind., who served as president of the Student Government Association from 2008 – 2010, is a past recipient of the Jack Johnson Scholarship.
“This scholarship helped alleviate financial concerns, which allowed me the opportunity to focus more on academics. It has been a great value to my career at Indiana State,” Scott said. “I was pleased and actually shocked when I received it.”
Students do not apply for the scholarship, but they are selected by political science faculty based on their accomplishments.
The Johnson and Goble scholarships currently provide between $1,000 and $3,000 per year. Eventually the income from the two scholarship endowments could provide full-ride scholarships for the deserving students selected to receive them, said Joel Harbaugh, associate vice president for development with the foundation.
“This gift provides a legacy for Dr. Johnson and Lavelda to continue to serve ISU students,” Harbaugh said.
To date, March On! has raised more than $60 million for students, faculty, programs and facilities and nearly $10 million in scholarships and student support. The campaign continues through December 2011 with a goal of $85 million.