LaBrenda Sonnette Johnson, 64, died in Nashville on June 5, 2017, shortly after Bryan Johnson interviewed for the Hamilton County superintendent post, the Times Free Press reported. LaBrenda Johnson was one of the first African-American students to integrate the University of South Carolina and later worked as a social worker, the newspaper reported.
The scholarship fund will be administered through the Fund for Excellence. WTVC reported. The recipients will be announced at the Superintendent's Honors Banquet scheduled for April 2020, the television station reported.
"My mother would have enjoyed this, and I know she is," Bryan Johnson told WCRB. She raised her children to serve, and press toward excellence. These scholarships will allow her legacy to live on."