Clarence "Cotton" Johnson Memorial Scholarship

About the Sponsor

Clarence “Cotton” Johnson grew up in Davis, CA and, after high school, joined the Marines to serve in the South Pacific. Cotton was an avid student of military history and displayed the “Semper Fi” on every car and boat he owned. He attended Sacramento Community College and Sacramento State in its fledgling years when the campus was downtown. He helped break ground at the new site on the American River. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford.

Cotton had a very productive career. For 12 years he was a School Psychologist and Director of Special Education Services for Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools. In 1966, he joined the faculty of Sac State where he directed many programs and projects. Cotton loved sailing and boating and, because of his love for the water, served with the Coast Guard auxiliary. He was also a prolific and talented artist.

Cotton is remembered as a person who demonstrated leadership in the field and made significant contributions. He was a pragmatic visionary who was action-oriented. He is remembered as a person who would often get straight to the point, identify what needed to be accomplished, and then initiate the measures to get it done.

The Clarence “Cotton” Johnson Memorial Scholarship will be given to that student who exhibits strong leadership qualities, the capacity for successful collaboration with colleagues, and the ability to bring out the best in people.





  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
  • Limited to students accepted or enrolled in the Master's of Science in Counseling, School Psychology, or the School Psychology Credential
  • Financial need is not required
  • May be enrolled full or part time
  • Must be enrolled at time of award