The Savannah Metropolitan Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators hosted a scholarship reception on Thursday, September 13, 2012 to award $5, 000 in scholarships and honor various businesses in the community.
Aretha Ferrell-Benavides, NFBPA National Board President was the speaker and several elected officials and community leaders were in attendance.
Corporate sponsors Georgia Power, KING Tax Savannah and Satori Construction were also recognized for their ongoing support and contributions to the Savannah Metropolitan Chapter. Through partnerships with these corporate supporters, public sector organizations and individual contributors, NFBPA is able is recognize outstanding leadership, scholarship and public service.
“This event represents who we are as an organization”, says Van R. Johnson, II, the founding President of the Savannah Metropolitan Chapter. “We have to ensure that there is a generation prepared and willing to serve in the area of public service and that often means providing scholarship and tuition assistance to deserving students to help them reach their educational and professional goals.”
The 2012 scholarship recipients are: Paige D. Austin, Albany State University; Deborah L. Dickson, Savannah Law School; Terry L. Riley, Savannah State University; and Lamara Williams, Savannah State University. Each recipient received a $1,000 scholarship to assist with their studies.
“It was a great opportunity to meet like minded “go-getters” moving and shaking up our community for the good of all”, says scholarship recipient Deborah L. Dickson.
The mission of the NFBPA is embodied in the organization founding commitment to strengthen the position of Blacks within the field of public administration; to increase the number of Blacks appointed to executive positions in public service organizations; and, to groom and prepare younger, aspiring administrators for senior public management posts in the years ahead.