D. Patrick Johnson, an economics and political science major at The University of South Dakota, was recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship through the Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program. Funded through the Phillips Foundation, the scholarship is designed to alleviate financial burdens associated with higher education, permitting Johnson to devote more time to pursuing his academic goals and advancing his leadership initiatives. The program, named after the late President Ronald Reagan, is awarded to students demonstrating leadership on behalf of the cause of freedom, American values and constitutional principles.
Johnson, a junior from Sioux Falls, is extremely active on the USD campus. In addition to carrying a double major, Johnson is involved with the Political Science League, the Honors Advisory Board and the Political Economy Club. A member of the men's varsity golf team, Johnson studied abroad in Germany during the fall of 2006 and he has been working at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, doing economic policy research since January.
Following graduation from USD in 2009, Johnson, who has maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA through the university's honors program, plans on pursuing a JD/MBA degree and a career in corporate law. He is the son of Dan and Kim Johnson of Bradenton, FL.
For more information about the Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program, please visit their Web site at the Phillips Foundation: http://www.thephillipsfoundation.org/index.php?q=node/3.