This scholarship, created in memory of former UMD professor Doc Jo, is awarded annually to a student committed to advancing women in physical activity and sport. Our goal is to fully endow this scholarship so it can be awarded through the UMD Department of Applied Human Sciences in perpetuity.
In 2016, UMD alumna Dr. Barbara Ainsworth, inspired by Doc Jo to pursue her own career in higher education made an initial gift of $10,000. Dr. Ainsworth wishes to motivate and inspire others to give larger gifts to help us reach the goal of fully endowing this scholarship. She will contribute an addtional $10,000 when we raise the remaining amount to get to $25,000.
About Doc Jo:
Hired in 1979, Dr. Joanne Johnson was the first female full professor at UMD. She was on the forefront of full participation by women in the academy. She was department head for many years, taught over 39 different courses, served on committees too numerous to mention, and adopted the use of technology early to analyze data in various areas, including running stride, basketball shooting, tennis serve acceleration, joint angle calculation.
In 1993 she received the prestigious Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education where she was described as "an exquisite educator in all of her contributions to university students, to colleagues, and to the institution itself." She quietly motivated people through one-on-one mentorship and by example. In her own words, “Taking a risk, heart on sleeve, I assume all my students will fall in love, as I have, with the need for the physical side of life.” This scholarship is established to continue her legacy and acknowledge students who demonstrate the ideals she embodied.
Additional funds have already been raised by former students and colleagues of Doc Jo. Here are some of their stories:
"I think the most amazing quality of Doc Jo was her constant support for so many men and women at UMD. She not only went above and beyond in the classroom, she stayed involved in her student's lives by sending messages of support and praise. She was an incredible mentor and teacher!" -- Anonymous
"Teaching is sharing. Doc Jo always shared and with pleasure. She taught me how to catch a walleye, how to downhill ski and golf, and how to be generous with time and talents. Patient and encouraging, she wasn't perturbed when I didn't perform perfectly as a student." -- LeAne Rutherford
"As a transfer student, Doc Jo helped me feel welcome. I remember how she invited us to her home at the end of our motor learning class. She treated us all like her kids/family." -- Leigh Ann (Ness) Viche