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Jay Johnson Scholarship

Mr. Jay Edward Johnson

October 7, 1991-June 23, 2022


Jay Edward Johnson left a remarkable legacy in his short life. Remembered by family, friends and co-workers for his determination and dedication to helping others, Jay’s accomplishments, especially in his work for housing rights for his fellow Texans, made a forceful impact throughout the State. 


Jay graduated from Cassata Catholic High School, and as a Cassata Alum, later served as a board member for the school. Jay was also the youngest person to serve as a board member to the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society. He was among the first to adopt a park in Fort Worth, coordinating and managing volunteers for the Eugene McCray Park. He was the first African American to be inducted into the Ray Feo Consejos, a fraternal organization that raises money for education in San Antonio. He interned and worked with other companies including Cohen-Esry, where he established and oversaw projects that created over 1,000 new affordable housing units across Texas. He interned and worked with the NRP Group where he again helped in the development of 2,000 affordable housing units in the DFW area. 


During the 81st legislative session in Texas, Jay was directly involved with affordable housing and economic development policy as a public policy intern with Senator Wendy Davis. He also served as intern for Fort Worth City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks. 


Jay was a loyal, long standing member of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers. During his tenure, he served on multiple committees including Education, Membership, and Diversity & Inclusion. He spearheaded efforts that resulted in draft legislation for consideration by the State Legislature. 


Jay Johnson’s deep commitment to advocating for the underrepresented was a lifetime passion. He was devoted to empowering people to rise above poverty and live their best lives. 


Jay was known for his remarkable character, tenacity and compassion. To those who knew him best, he was known for his optimism, his bright smile and infectious laugh, and a brilliant sense of humor. 


Friends of Jay Johnson have set up a Memorial Scholarship at Cassata Catholic High School in Jay’s name. You may make a donation by clicking on the “DONATE” button on the Cassata website. You may use a credit card, PayPal, or a check payable to:


Cassata Catholic High School, The Jay Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund

1400 Hemphill St.

Fort Worth, TX 76104


Cassata Catholic High School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Charitable gifts are tax-deductible. Please contact your tax advisor.


Questions? Contact Kari Kirkham at 817.926.1745 or

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