Posted on January 15, 2012
January 2012 – The Trustees of The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation have appointed Rev. Dr. Louise U. Johnson of Princeton, NJ to a five-year term as a Trustee of the Foundation.
Dr. Johnson is currently serving as Associate Pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, NJ. An ordained minister since 1976, she has served congregations in Memphis and Germantown, Tennessee and Princeton, New Jersey prior to her current position and has served the Presbyterian Church (USA) in many capacities both regionally and nationally. She is a graduate of Duke University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She served as a Trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary from 1989 to 2003.
Dr. Johnson replaces Rev. Dr. Aaron E. Gast, who retired recently after more than thirty-two years of service and was awarded Emeritus status by his fellow Trustees. Dr. Gast was Charlotte Newcombe’s pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Germantown in Philadelphia during the last eleven years of her life. The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation was established upon Mrs. Newcombe’s death in 1979.
The Newcombe Foundation has awarded grants totaling $54 million since 1981, primarily for student scholarships at ninety-nine colleges and universities. It also funds the prestigious Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships program administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In thirty years of program operation, students have received over 33,000 Newcombe Scholarships and 1,100 Newcombe Fellowships. At last report, Newcombe-endowed scholarship funds at fifty-eight universities and colleges had a combined market value over $14 million.