Matthew Johnson is 2012 Templeton Scholarship Recipient
Posted Aug 31 2012
Baylor student Matthew Johnson is this year’s recipient of the Harvey and Jewel Templeton Noble Purpose Scholarship.
Johnson, a senior, received $5,000 for his essay on Dr. Tony Lazzara, who left his position as a professor of pediatrics at Emory University, as well as his supervisory positions at two nearby hospitals, in order to move to a community on the outskirts of Lima to care for impoverished and abandoned Peruvian children. Johnson met Dr. Lazzara on a church mission trip last summer, and says he has admired his determination and dedication since.
The scholarship is designed to help students recognize and learn from those in the community who have devoted their lives to noble purpose and to allow applicants the chance to see noble purpose as an important part of their futures.
Lauren Templeton, a member of Baylor's graduating class of 1994 and a Baylor trustee, worked with her family foundation to establish the scholarship in 2004 in honor of Lauren's grandparents, Harvey and Jewel Templeton.
Johnson is the son of Doug and Micheline Johnson of Lookout Mtn., Ga.