Mikella Hansley was recently awarded a $300 Bryant, John and Dorothy Black Scholarship at East Georgia State College.
Hansley, a native of Swainsboro, is the daughter of Michael and Beatrice Hansley. She is a Criminal Justice major at EGSC and will graduate this spring. She plans to obtain her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and continue on to law school.
Hansley is an honor graduate of Swainsboro High School. She participated in JROTC as a leader for four years, and had the opportunity to serve as Company Commander at Fort Gordon in Augusta. She has received numerous awards, including winning the “If I Were Mayor” contest in sixth grade, receiving the Daughter of American Colonists Award, and more. She participated in the Citizens Bank Advisory Board, FCA, and Talent Search, as well as FBLA and serving as Vice President of FCCLA and a member of the 21st Century Leaders Program. She was also a work-based learning student in high school. She is very active in her church, serving as an usher, choir member, praise and worship leader, youth teacher, and a part of the nursing home ministry. She also received the East Georgia State College SWS scholarship, which covered her tuition. She has also been nominated for the prestigious All State Georgia Academic Team Award through Phi Theta Kappa by EGSC President Bob Boehmer. During her time at EGSC, she served as Homecoming Queen and was featured in the music video “I’m Not Lucky I’m Loved” by Jonathan McReynolds—her favorite artist. She served on the EGSC Student Government Association for two years as both a Freshman Senator and Vice President. She serves as the Vice President of the Criminal Justice Club and is also an EGSC Student Ambassador. She has served on four committees, including the Hearing Panel, External Committee, Academic Committee and the Mayor’s Board during her time at EGSC.
“People should come to college not only to get an education, but also to experience new things and to make a difference,” she said in her essay. “I have been able to work towards my goal at East Georgia State College through my involvement in the Student Government Association, hearing panel, and Criminal Justice Club.”
The Bryant, John and Dorothy Black Scholarship, renamed from the original John Black Scholarship, was established by East Georgia State College’s Student Government Association. The scholarship honors the service Dr. Black and his wife, Dorothy, made to EGSC during this tenure as Vice President for Academic Affairs and his term as President of the college from 1994 – 2001. Dr. and Mrs. Black are committed to the success of students and believe that involvement in student life is an integral part of that success. They instilled these values in their late son, Bryant.
To apply for this scholarship, students need to be involved in Student Life, maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average, have completed 15 or more credit hours of college coursework, submit a letter of recommendation, and write an essay of 250 words minimum on “How School Involvement Has Affected Me.” Only current students are eligible to apply. Visit www.ega.edu/scholarships for more information or to apply.