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May 19, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - When it came time to create a legacy for his family, Brent Johnson thought of the Bedford, Iowa, community where he'd grown up and graduated from Bedford High School in 1980 as well as Northwest Missouri State University, which provided him with a strong foundation for a successful business career.
Helping the youth in his hometown to achieve their dreams was high on Johnson's list of priorities in addition to assisting his college alma mater. Johnson accomplished both objectives when he established the Brice and Carolyn Johnson Family Scholarship through the Northwest Foundation.
Johnson funds the scholarship, named in honor of his parents, annually to provide one $1,000 award to a Bedford Community School District graduating senior planning to attend Northwest. The scholarship's recipients are students who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, academic performance, participation in school activities and athletics as well as community involvement, which Johnson believes contribute greatly to the success of tomorrow's leaders.
"The best part of providing this scholarship is reaching out to someone in a small way," said Johnson, a 1984 Northwest alumnus. "Hopefully it encourages others to someday repeat and double the process again and again down the road. Let's start at Bedford High School and Northwest and see where it goes from here."
Johnson is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Liberty Bank, a $1.3 billion bank based in West Des Moines, Iowa, with 31 branches across Iowa and southwest Florida. He lives in Clive, Iowa, with his wife, Tami, and son, Marc.
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