DUS Johnson Fund Gets 459 K 20060320

It’s Now Among University’s Largest Scholarships

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DENVER -- The estate of Forrest and Patricia McGrath has donated $459,000 to support the Bruce B. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is now among the largest endowed scholarship funds at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Johnson earned his juris doctor degree from DU in 1970. He had been a partner with Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti before his death in 2000.
Bruce McGrath, CEO and owner of Elder Equipment Leasing, said his father struck up a “great friendship” with both Johnson and Otten Johnson’s Bill Neff. McGrath said both men became an extension of the family business. McGrath and his three sisters believe their parents would approve of the gift honoring Johnson’s memory.
“The thing I really like about the way the scholarship is run is that the people involved in the screening process include some of the past recipients,” McGrath adds. “It’s a great idea that brings a lot of meaning and intimacy to that scholarship program.” Bruce McGrath earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Denver in 1976, and his stepdaughter, Lindsey Simonds, is a DU junior majoring in international studies. His sister, Ann McGrath Peña, graduated from the university in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and returned to earn a master’s degree in special education in 1976.
More than 90 donors have contributed to the fund, established in 2001. The scholarship supports continuing law students with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average who demonstrate a strong interest in upholding high ethics in the practice of law as well as an interest in using the practice of law to serve others.
Four students received a Bruce B. Johnson Scholarship for 2005-2006: Melissa Fiebelkorn, Jeffrey Felder, Steven Rotter and Meghan Saleebey.

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