For immediate release May 23, 2013
Contact: Loretta Heyward, Communications Director, 912-358-3059
SAVANNAH — Jenkins County resident and Savannah State University (SSU) alumnus Jimmie C. Douglas donated $50,000 to the university this month to establish a scholarship endowment for deserving students.
The “Jimmie C. Douglas Scholarship Endowment” will be awarded to students who demonstrate strong financial need and best exemplify the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and community service, with preference given to residents of Jenkins County and Millen, Ga.
A 1948 graduate of Savannah State, Douglas worked as an agriculture teacher in Toombs County before serving in the U.S. Army. After leaving the military, he began a career as an extension agent in Washington County before transferring to Jenkins County, where he assisted citizens with crop production, vegetables, lawn care and other horticulture issues. Douglas retired in 1984 but continues to farm today.
A member of the Zion Baptist Church in Millen, Douglas served on the Jenkins County Board of Commissioners for 12 years — including 5 years as chairman. He also served on the Swainsboro Technical College Board.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 4,600 students select majors from 26 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges — Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology — and the School of Teacher Education.