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CPTC Announces Charles Eames Travel Scholarship Recipients

March 30, 2016 04:27 PM

Tomeka Daniel (Liberty County, Practical Nursing), Rachael Vann (Brantley County, Respiratory  Care Technology), Hao Nguyen (Ware County, Respiratory Care Technology), Mr. Charles Eames, Nicholas Chancey (Pierce County, Engineering Technology), Miriam Murray, CPTC Trustee and Shaylyn Johnson, Project Assistant for Institutional Advancement standing posing(Waycross, GA)– Four Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) students were recognized and awarded a Travel Fund Scholarship at an informal luncheon March 30, 2016, at the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce/Development Authority Building in Blackshear. Those honored were Hao Nguyen, respiratory care technology (Ware); Nicholas Chancey, engineering technology (Pierce); Rachel Vann, respiratory care technology (Brantley); and Tomeka Daniel, practical nursing (Liberty).

The CPTC Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee actually awarded six scholarships for spring semester. Those unable to attend - due to work or other conflicts - were Sharmaine Anderson, early childhood care and education (Camden), and Tiffany Devlin, practical nursing (Glynn).

The reception, hosted by the foundation, was held, not only to announce recipients, but also to give college personnel, foundation staff, and students an opportunity to visit with and thank Mr. Charles Eames, who generously provides funds for the Charles Eames Travel Scholarships.

Scholarship recipients introduced themselves and told a little about their college experience, thus far. They noted the miles they travel weekly to attend classes and clinicals. They shared their program of study, campus location and goals upon graduation. Some recipients travel to more than one campus each week and others travel from the coastal region to Tifton, Valdosta and Albany for clinicals during the semester. Each one thanked Mr. Eames for making their financial circumstances easier.

Cindy Tanner, vice president for institutional advancement at Coastal Pines Technical College, also thanked Mr. Eames for his contributions, which have benefitted numerous CPTC students and contributed to their college success. “I think we are all amazed at how far some students have to travel to attend classes,” said Tanner. “Although we are able to offer more programs at more locations – due to the merger, we do not have every program at every location. For this reason, and the fact that we have a very large service area, students must travel for some of their classes. I am just grateful, as I know these students are, that Mr. Eames established this resource for circumstances like theirs.”

CPTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert, who had a conflict and could not attend, sent regrets and a message of thanks to Mr. Eames and students.

Tanner shared how Mr. Eames was on the Media Services advisory committee for the college many years ago – before the new library on the Waycross campus was built. She also told students how Eames has been involved with the college since that time and about Eames establishing a travel fund program for eight other South Georgia colleges to help deserving students defray travel expenses. Afterwards, Eames congratulated the group and spoke about his career as a librarian in Georgia, which began approximately 34 years ago after moving from Ohio. He told students how he enjoys giving back to communities that have supported him through the years.

Applications for travel fund scholarships and grants will be available early September for fall semester, and awards will be announced in October. For more information about Coastal Pines Technical College and scholarship opportunities, visit

Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution serving Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Ware and Wayne counties.

In the photo: from l-r: Tomeka Daniel (Liberty County, Practical Nursing), Rachael Vann (Brantley County, Respiratory  Care Technology), Hao Nguyen (Ware County, Respiratory Care Technology), Mr. Charles Eames, Nicholas Chancey (Pierce County, Engineering Technology), Miriam Murray, CPTC Trustee and Shaylyn Johnson, Project Assistant for Institutional Advancement.


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