Cameron University student Peter Svajlen is the inaugural recipient of the Albert Johnson, Sr. Scholarship in Men’s Golf, provided by former Cameron football coach Ron Polston of Frisco, TX. Svajlen will receive a $1,000 scholarship in both the fall and spring semesters. The Albert Johnson, Sr. Scholarship in Men’s Golf is designed for collegiate golfers who have completed their golf eligibility and who are still working on degree completion.
Polston elected to recognize Johnson, retired deputy superintendent of Lawton Public Schools, to acknowledge his community service and lifelong dedication to young people.
Former CU coach Ron Polston (center) presents student Peter Svajlen (right) with the inaugural Albert Johnson, Sr. Scholarship in Men's Golf, in recognition of Johnson's (left) commitment to helping young people.
“I’ve never seen a person do so much for young people as Albert Johnson has,” says Polston, who became acquainted with Johnson when he started his coaching career at Lawton’s Eisenhower High School in 1965. After coaching at Eisenhower High School for 11 years and Cameron University for two years, Polston segued into the insurance industry. Formerly Executive Vice President of Sales for Globe Life and United American Insurance companies, he is currently a sales and marketing consultant for both companies.
During his tenure with Lawton Public Schools, Polston found a fellow sports enthusiast in Johnson. Their friendship has endured for more than 40 years.
“You’ll never know what Albert has meant to this city,” Polston continues. “You could write a book about all the things he’s done for young people – things that very few people are aware of. Because Albert and I have played golf with one another for so many years, I decided it was appropriate to continue his legacy of helping young people by establishing a golf scholarship at Cameron in his name.”
A native of Bratislava, Slovakia, Svajlen earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree last May. He is pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration at Cameron and serves as a graduate assistant to Jerry Hrnciar, CU men’s golf coach. He recently competed in his first professional golf tournament, the Czech Open.
As a member of Cameron’s men golf team, Svajlen was a three-time Lone Star Conference Academic Player of the Year, three-time member of the LSC All-Academic Team and LSC All-Conference Team, and a two-time member of the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America All-District Team.
August 26, 2010