MMA is pleased to announce that Robyn Cousin, MMA business representative, has joined the Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Board.
The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship was created in honor of Nellie Stone Johnson, known and recognized for her pioneering work in the labor movement in Minnesota. Nellie had a long and distinguished record of public service in support of the advancement of minority concerns, the rights of workers, and equal opportunities for all people. Her life was a series of “firsts.” As a leader of organized labor in the 1930s and 1940s, she was the first woman vice-president of the Minnesota Culinary Council and the first woman vice-president of Local 665 Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union. She was also the first black person elected to citywide office in Minneapolis when she won a seat on the Library Board in 1945.
The scholarship program was established by the former Minnesota State University System in 1989, as a part of the universities’ cultural diversity initiative and is now administered by the independent Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Board. The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship is available to racial minority students from Union families attending or planning to attend one of the 31 technical colleges, community colleges and/or state universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.