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Johnson Brothers $1M gift will support underrepresented Minnesota students at Carlson School

Thursday, June 17, 2021

To support underrepresented Minnesota students with financial need at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities’ Carlson School of Management, St. Paul-based Johnson Brothers is endowing a $1M scholarship.

The Johnson Brothers Scholarship for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will grow to support 10 students per year and help to build the pipeline of diverse talent in the region, ensuring that Johnson Brothers and the entire business community have a workforce with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

“The Johnson Brothers Scholarship enhances our ability to attract and enroll promising Minnesota students from all backgrounds, bolstering our commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture at the Carlson School,” says Dean Sri Zaheer. “We’re grateful to Johnson Brothers for using business as a force for good, a value we strongly believe in.”

The multi-year, renewable scholarship will enable the Carlson School to provide funding to promising Minnesota undergraduate students. The funds will decrease students' financial burden, and help attract the best and the brightest to attend the Carlson School.

With this latest gift, the Johnson family continues their support of the University and the Carlson School. Previously, they endowed a scholarship for University of Minnesota junior and senior undergraduates with a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship. Named for their late father, Lynn Johnson, who attended the University in 1947, the scholarship honors his entrepreneurial spirit while supporting students who are similarly inspired. Since 2014, more than 50 students have received the award.

“As a member of the Carlson School Board of Advisors, I know how committed the University is to diversity, equity and inclusion – and in particular, their focus on advancing underrepresented students from Minnesota,” says Michael Johnson (’84, CLA), CEO of Johnson Brothers and a member of the Carlson School’s Board of Advisors. “We share this commitment at Johnson Brothers. With this scholarship, our goal is to enable diverse students from Minnesota with the opportunity to get a world-class education.

“We want to make a positive difference in the lives of these students and help to build business leaders,” adds Todd Johnson, COO of Johnson Brothers.

This scholarship is the latest addition to the Carlson School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Learn more at

About the Carlson School of Management
Located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, the Carlson School of Management exemplifies a commitment to excellence through a focus on experiential learning and international education, and by maintaining strong ties with the Minneapolis/Saint Paul business community. Through its undergraduate and graduate programs, the Carlson School offers access to world-renowned faculty members and an alumni network of 55,000 people. To learn more about the Carlson School of Management go to

About Johnson Brothers
Johnson Brothers is a family-owned wine, spirits, and beer distributor with headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. The company has been providing world-class service to customers throughout the United States since 1953. To learn more about their story, services, and locations, please visit