Kimberly Johnson, Alamance Community College’s nominee for the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award, has been awarded the state title over contenders from most of the other North Carolina community colleges. This is the first time an ACC student has won the state’s top honor for this award.
The award was created by the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents as a way to highlight outstanding curriculum student leadership and service. Johnson’s selection as state winner was announced at the state Student Government Association conference last weekend in Durham.
Johnson, a resident of Prospect Hill, NC, was the winner in the inaugural Clapp Entrepreneurial Opportunity (CEO) Initiative competition last year that provides an ACC student or alumnus with $10,000 to launch a business venture. She won that award for her presentation on a Ninja-style exercise gym.
With a bachelor’s degree and 15 years of experience in martial arts, Johnson enrolled at ACC in 2015 and anticipates earning her Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration this summer.
Johnson is a member of ACC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Rotaract Club, is treasurer of the Martial Arts Society, and is a student representative in the Student Government Association. She has been inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success and was an award winner in the ACC student writing competition.
Johnson earned her NC State EMT Certification following Emergency Medical Technician training at the college. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Small Business Center. Outside ACC, Johnson has volunteered for Dream Align Ministries, which works to feed, clothe, and find employment for those in need.
As winner of the North Carolina Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award, Johnson receives a plaque and a $1,000 prize. She was selected from among a group of six finalists by community college representatives, including college presidents.
The Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award is named for Alamance County native Robert W. Scott who, with his aunt Elizabeth Scott Carrington, donated farmland on which Alamance Community College stands today. The historic archives of the Scott family are housed in ACC’s Scott Family Collection in the Gee Building across from the library.