Savannah State University held its "President's Scholarship Gala" on Saturday night.
This year's theme, "Bridging Possibilities," acknowledges the university as a marker of connectivity, helping individuals to acquire a college education in order to pursue their career goals and aspirations.
During the black-tie affair, five individuals and organizations became the inaugural recipients of the university's awards of excellence in service, leadership, scholarship and philanthropy.
Here is a list of the various winners:
-Award of Excellence for Service - 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc.
-Award of Excellence for Leadership - Savannah Mayor Edna B. Jackson and United States Marine Corps Lt. Gen. (retired) Walter E. Gaskin
-Award of Excellence for Scholarship - Dr. Margaret C. Robinson, Dean Emerita of the SSU College of Sciences and Technology
-Award of Excellence for Philanthropy - Mrs. Louise L. Owens, Professor Emerita, SSU College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
"Our students work very, very hard. Close to 50% of our students are first in their families to graduate college. So, for this opportunity for them to have a scholarship so that they can complete their degree; some of them so they can start their degree. It is going to really help them as they move into their future careers and professions," said Dr. Cheryl Dozier, President, Savannah State University.
The proceeds from Saturday's gala will go towards future student scholarships.
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