The Savannah Black Nurses Association (SBNA) held its 2016 Annual Scholarship Gala on February 13th at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront. Ms. Nashia Wittenburg, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs at Armstrong State University, Savannah, Georgia, presided as the Mistress of Ceremony for this year’s SBNA Gala. The event was a testament to the dedicated nursing professionals in the SBNA, who maintain a presence through the National Black Nurses Association – Savannah Chapter. The organization’s motto is Advancing the Profession of Nursing through Education, Practice, Research and Leadership, which serves as a template for the progression of the nursing locally, nationally and internationally.
During the Annual Scholarship Gala, the SBNA officers and members were very pleased and excited to give the Cheryl W. Capers Nursing Scholarship Award to two well deserving nursing students, namely Elaine Mills and Tyler Jacobs. Both recipients completed the application process and wrote moving and well thought out essays on the topic of Improving Health and Reducing Disparities. Each recipient was presented with an award scholarship of one thousand dollars and support with a year’s membership with the Savannah Black Nurses Association.
Elaine P Mills is a student attending Armstrong State University, Savannah, Georgia. She is a Senior in the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program and her anticipated graduation is December 2016. Ms. Mills plans a nursing career in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). In addition to maintaining a high academic GPA, Ms. Mills is also a Certified Nursing Assistant providing private home care. On campus she is very active in activities such as the PHI KAPPA PHI Honor Society Member , ASU Student NAACP Chapter Treasurer and Secretary since 2013. In the community, she has been involved with Frank Callen’s Boys and Girls Club, other organizations and activities.
Tyler Jacobs is a student at Georgia Southern University who is working towards her Bachelor of Nursing degree and will be graduating Spring, 2017. She has achieved the Dean’s List every semester since entering college. She was also initiated into the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society for her scholastic achievements as well as many community service oriented activities. She is currently a Junior in nursing school and hopes to become a ICU nurse after graduation. She is from Douglas, Georgia and her parents are Terrell and Angela Jacobs. She is looks forward to her future career in nursing.
The Savannah Black Nurses Association (SBNA) was founded on April 29, 1987 by a group of nurses. Cheryl W. Capers, President, Brenda S. Pough, Scholarship, Chr. , Officers and members, thank the Savannah community for your continued support throughout the years.