OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU offers firefighter scholarship

01/22/1999

CORVALLIS - Applications for an Oregon State University scholarship honoring Roseburg firefighter Rob Johnson will be accepted through Feb. 1.

Johnson, was one of 14 U.S. Forest Service firefighters trapped and killed on July 6, 1994, by a fast-moving wildfire near Glenwood Springs, Colo. He was part of the Forest Service Prineville "hotshot" firefighting crew at the time.

Johnson was a 1991 OSU graduate in business. His parents, Gene and Marie Johnson of Roseburg, founded the $500 Rob Johnson Memorial Scholarship to honor Johnson's life and provide aid to other OSU students who are also firefighters.

For information, contact OSU's Elona Bell at 1-800-354-7281 or 541-737-1677.

Preference for scholarship funds will be given to Ochoco National Forest Prineville Ranger District "hotshot" fire crew members, with secondary preference to Oregon wildland firefighters.

The perpetual endowment has been established with the OSU Foundation and earnings will provide support for the scholarship. Contributions are welcome.

Johnson, a 1986 Roseburg High School honors graduate, studied accounting at OSU, Marie Johnson said. While he earned a bachelor's degree in business, Johnson had a lifelong interest in firefighting and worked on seasonal fire crews since 1987, she said.

Three of the fallen firefighters graduated from or attended OSU. John Roy Kelso, 27, a native of Prineville and a 1991 OSU graduate in wildlife science, and Terri Hagen, 28, an OSU senior in entomology from Dallas, Ore., also died in the blaze.