From Life Lost, Lost Lives May Find Redemption

Courtesy of KIEM, Eureka
News Channel 3
Spirit of the North Coast

EUREKA- College of the Redwoods is raising funds for a scholarship in memory of a Fortuna native who lost his life in October during a shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College. Jason Dale Johnson’s family hopes this scholarship will allow for his legacy to live on and provide an education for others in the process.

“There are no words for our appreciation to this college. What a great way to commemorate Jason’s life,” said Jennifer Bailey.

Bailey is a Transcript Evaluator at College of the Redwoods in Eureka and she’s also Jason Dale Johnson’s cousin. Johnson, who grew up in Fortuna, was just three days into school at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, Oregon when his future was taken from him. A gunman opened fire killing nine individuals.

“He had just returned from a six month stint at a rehabilitation center. It’s the longest he had ever been clean, and he told his mom, he said when he went to Umpqua Community College he was in his 3rd day and he said mom you have one of your boys going to college, how does that make you feel, and she said it’s about time,” said Bailey.

Johnson struggled with addiction but finally found a new life that was clean and sober. College of the Redwoods hopes this scholarship can help those who also have struggled with addiction but are now on the right path.

“We’re looking for a student just like Jason who has overcome a struggle in his life and is looking to better himself,” said Scholarship Coordinator, Jordan Walsh.

In order to apply, students must be a part of the Addiction Studies Program at College of the Redwoods. They must write a two-page essay about past struggles and how they’ve overcome them, as well as submit an application online.

“We know that school is hard for anybody and especially for those returning to school after a significant time away so if we could do anything to help these students succeed and just back them up and be their cheerleaders,” said Walsh.

Jennifer’s family hopes that this scholarship will allow for Jason’s legacy to live on in each of the recipients and they will achieve what he was on his way to accomplish.

“We know Jason is sitting on his perch in heaven, smiling in aw,” said Bailey.

If you are interested in donating to the Jason Dale Johnson Triumphant Return Scholarship, you can send a check to

College of the Redwoods at 7351 Tompkins Hill Road

Eureka, Ca 95501

Make all checks to “College of the Redwoods” and in the memo write “Jason Dale Johnson Scholarship”.