Audrey Johnson has been named the 2020-21 recipient of A $500 John N. Bennett Scholarship in the radiography program at Wilkes Community College.

Johnson is a sophomore and will graduate in May 2021. She decided to become a registered radiography technologist after her daughter had a chest X-ray to check for pneumonia in December 2018.

Dr. John N. Bennett, a radiologist at Wilkes General Hospital, began the local radiologic technologist training program in 1956.

The Wilkes General Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, later renamed Wilkes Regional Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, was administered through the hospital from 1956 to June 2013. From 1956 to 2013, it served about 319 students.

Due to a change in the American Registry of Radiologic Technology standards requiring that all radiologic technologists have at a minimum an associate degree to be eligible to sit for the national registry, the program was transferred to WCC. Its first students started in the fall of 2013.

The John N. Bennett Endowment Corp. was established in 1989 to honor Bennett’s contribution to the profession. In 2015, endowment corporation board dissolved the corporation and made a donation to Wilkes Community College to fund the John N. Bennett Scholarship for radiography students.

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