On May 18, 2019, Rachel Johnson became the newest Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholar to earn her undergraduate degree. She graduated with the honor of Magna Cum Laude, completing a double major in Humanitarian Studies and Communications and Culture from Fordham University in New York. Rachel said,

“Attending Fordham College at Lincoln Center has granted me immeasurable opportunities and priceless academic experiences. Being able to live in New York City without any financial burdens has allowed me to complete six internships, four of which were during the school year, including an internship with the Office of U.S. Senator Gillibrand, an internship with Catholic Charities working in refugee resettlement, and the opportunity to participate in giving a presentation during the United Nations General Assembly week.”

Beginning with the fall 2019 semester, Rachel will be attending the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University as a Juris Doctor candidate. She has been awarded the Clark Scholarship, which provides full tuition as well as a $10,000 per year stipend for all three years of law school. Following the completion of a law degree, she hopes to pursue a career in the area of public policy, specializing in immigration and refugee law.