The Samuel H. Johnson Summer Study Skills Program (SSSP) Foundation Inc. assists deserving students in the Southeast currently needing financial assistance to complete their under graduate education.
Samuel H. Johnson was a consummate educator. Born in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1916, he dedicated his life to helping underprivileged college bound students attain educational enrichment and financial support needed to attend four-year colleges. Mr. Johnson founded the Summer Study Skills Program (SSSP), a six-week academic enrichment program held first at Boggs Academy, Keysville, Georgia in 1961. The program was later transferred to Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee. Over 500 youth participated in the program from 1961 to 1968 as 10th or 11th graders and later matriculated in colleges throughout the country. SSSP was the forerunner to the federally funded Upward Bound Program which started in the summer of 1965
Currently scholarships are awarded to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Applicants are reviewed with a preference for students with higher grade point averages. Scholarship recipients are referred to us through the Mellon-Mayes Foundation.