Royal Fund

The Royal Fund is a special fund that keeps student charges low by covering a portion of Johnson University Tennessee’s annual operating expenses.

It costs several thousand dollars more per student per year to operate the University than we charge in tuition and fees. The Royal Fund helps bridge the gap between what we charge students and the actual cost of operating.

Keeping charges as low as possible is vital for our students who are preparing for areas of ministry and service; these lower-paying vocations make it difficult to pay off excessive student loans. While giving to pay utilities, maintenance, salaries, and other basic operating expenses is not especially glamorous, giving to cover these expenses is critically important to us and is a great way to help our students.

For more information about supporting Johnson University Tennessee, or for specialized gifts involving real estate, financial securities, gift and estate planning, or IRA gifts, contact the Advancement Office:
7900 Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37998

Gift & Estate Planning

Each year many alumni and friends take advantage of planned giving benefits. These arrangements provide opportunities to creatively and efficiently accomplish your charitable and personal goals.

Benefits of Planned Gifts:

  • Save capital gains, income, and inheritance taxes
  • Receive income for life at a competitive rate
  • Honor a loved one
  • Help extend God’s kingdom beyond your lifetime

Most Popular Planned Gifts:

  • Charitable IRA rollover
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Including Johnson in your will or living trust. Alumni and friends can receive estate planning services at little or no cost through a special partnership with Financial Planning Ministry (FPM). For over 30 years, FPM has been helping Christians develop estate plans that honor God by providing for their families and helping extend his kingdom.

Our Planned Giving website provides detailed information about these options, and our staff is always happy to talk to you and answer your questions.

Contact Philip Eubanks, Associate Vice President for Stewardship and Planned Giving.

7900 Johnson Dr
Knoxville, TN 37998

Douglas E. Karnes Arena

The new gym in the Athletic and Recreation Complex is named the Douglas E. Karnes Arena to honor Coach Karnes’ thirty years of coaching and teaching at Johnson. Alumni, former teammates, students, colleagues, and friends are joining together to honor Coach Karnes by contributing to this fund. Click the button below to make your commitment!

Scholarship Funds

Scholarships help students in special need and encourage academic excellence. You can support scholarships through the annual scholarship fund or a permanent scholarship fund.

The Johnson University Tennessee Annual Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for students in the current academic year. All contributions to this fund will be awarded to students in the year in which they are given. Visit our Scholarships page to discover the wide variety of scholarships JU provides for qualifying students!

The Permanent Scholarship Funds are part of Johnson’s endowment and provide ongoing support for scholarships. Contributions made to permanent scholarship funds are invested conservatively. Each year a percentage of the fund balance is used to provide scholarships.

You can make a gift to the general scholarship endowment, or you can establish a named scholarship fund to honor a loved one. Once a fund is established, anyone can make a gift to a particular fund at any time.

In addition to permanent scholarship funds, you can also establish a permanent fund that provides ongoing support for general operations, faculty salaries, the library, or other important functions in which you have a special interest. Click here to learn more about permanent funds.

Permanent Funds

We have been administering permanent funds at Johnson University for over 50 years. All of these funds provide a means of perpetual support. Permanent funds may be created for scholarships, to support areas such as faculty salaries, library acquisitions, and building maintenance, or as unrestricted funds that provide income to be used where needed most. Our Advancement office would be glad to talk with you personally about your desires for a fund. Email , Associate Vice President for Stewardship and Planned Giving, or call 865-251-2214.

Minimum to Establish

Ideally, a scholarship fund would be established with a gift of $10,000 or more. In instances where individuals plan to give to a fund each year, one may be established with $2,500 and possibly even less.

Use of Funds:

Most scholarship funds are unrestricted and allow the University flexibility in awarding scholarships in the areas of greatest need. For those who have a strong interest in a particular area of study, scholarships can be established for one of the following academic programs: preaching, youth ministry, missions, teacher education, or marriage and family therapy / professional counseling. Scholarship funds can also be targeted for particular types of students such as resident international students, international Ph.D. students, and missionary and international Christian worker students.

Scholarship Awards

Each year the trustees examine the investment results and set the percentage to be awarded for scholarships. While some funds are large (greater than $100,000) and can provide awards for full tuition, many funds are smaller. We “pool” scholarship awards from multiple funds to provide a scholarship package for students.


The Shiloh on the Heights Memorial Garden includes the graves of Ashley and Emma Johnson, Alva Ross Brown and his wife Alma, and Robert Bell. In 2017 the garden was renovated and expanded to include a Columbarium, a collection of niches designed to house the cremated remains of loved ones. These niches will be available to faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University. For more information, contact the Advancement office at 865-251-2372 or by .