Suzanne Johnston Memorial Scholarship

Suzanne Johnston

The Suzanne Johnston Memorial Scholarship is a yearly award of up to $250 to a current WPGS member to assist with the cost of attendance at a local, regional, national. or virtual genealogy conference. Suzie passed away in 2019 after 44 years of WPGS volunteering, serving as a Board member, chairperson of several committees, First Families reviewer, and genealogical researcher extraordinaire. She studied new techniques to not only further her own research but to assist others, so this scholarship is a fitting way to honor her memory.

This Suzanne Johnston Memorial Scholarship is open only to current WPGS members (you can join here or renew your membership). To be considered, members must write a 250-400 word statement explaining how attendance at the conference they have chosen will benefit their family history research. Download the application form. The deadline for receipt of this Application Submission for 2022 conferences is December 1, 2021.

The winner will be announced before January 1, 2022, and the results will be published in the Jan-Feb Jots newsletter. Submit your completed application to or mail to: 

Suzanne Johnston Memorial Scholarship Committee
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
4400 Forbes Avenue, Third Floor
Pittsburgh, PA  15213-4007  

2021 Winner: Laura Cubbage-Draper, a WPGS member from Metuchen, New Jersey, was awarded the 2021 Suzanne Johnston Memorial Scholarship. She chose the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, January 20-15, 2021 and since she was previously registered, she was reimbursed by check for the $250 award.