On Saturday, February 1, 2020 the Cuyler Community Improvement Association held its annual scholarship luncheon at the historic Pirates House Restaurant in Savannah, GA. The luncheon was hosted by CCIA, Inc. officers; Mrs. Rebecca Joiner, President, Mrs. Ursuline Dickey, vice-president, Mrs. Pamela Bryant-Jones, secretary and Mrs. Clara Elmore-Bain, advisor.
The well-deserved recipients for the 2020 scholarship season were: Ms. Michara Chataigne, Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus, Ms.Hannah Harris Georgia Southern University Statesboro campus and Ms. Andrien Wilson; Georgia Southern University, Savannah, campus. Ms. Hannah Harris ambition is to become a licensed registered nurse. Ms. Chataigne and Ms. Wilson’s ultimate ambition is to continue to medical school with the desire to be OB/GYNs. The Cuyler Community Improvement Association, Inc. is a long established 501.c.3 organization in the Savannah Chatham County area whose origins date back to 1979. At that time a group of neighbors took it upon themselves to improve the quality of life for their community. The main tenets of the organization are safety, sanitation, education, historical preservation and being good neighbors. The physical boundaries of Cuyler Community are: the south side of West Anderson Street to the northside of West 37th St.; the westside of MLK, Jr. Blvd. to the eastside of Ogeechee Rd./ Kolloch Sts.
On seeing an immediate need for neighborhood preservation, the organization purchased the Charity Hospital building to save it from demolition. A national housing non-profit group purchased the building from the organization. These funds were then designated to support the organization’s primary project, the Ursuline B. Law Medical Scholarship The scholarship is named in honor of Mrs. Ursuline Belcher Law. She was one of the founding members of the organization. Mrs. Law served the group in many capacities. She subsequently served as President and then President of the Board of Directors.
Each year the scholarship provides a $1,000.00 scholarship to a maximum of three undergrad college /university students who are pursuing a medical career. The scholarship application process is announced each fall in October and awarded in February. The basic requirements are to be an undergrad student in an accredited college or university. Have a 3.5 or above grade point average. Be able to show a financial need.