Students Receive First Tamyra K. Turner Award

Scholarship established by the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Branch

PVCC recently announced a new NAACP scholarship in memory of Tamyra Kaye Turner, a former professor of English at PVCC. The scholarship, established by the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Branch, will be awarded annually to PVCC students enrolled in Liberal Arts or General Studies. 

On October 17, stipends and a scholarship totaling $3,500 were awarded to students Ny’Asia Carter, Djamila Sanda and Michael Turner. Carter, a Louisa High School graduate, and M. Turner, a Nelson County High School graduate, both aim to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University after graduation. Each received a $1,000 stipend award. 

A $1,500 scholarship was awarded to Sanda. In addition to being a PVCC student, Sanda works at the University of Virginia Hospital and aspires to transfer to UVA to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees after graduating from PVCC.

Tamyra Turner was an active member of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Branch. Her community involvement also included serving on the Charlottesville School Board from 1993-1996, as a board member of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library from 2012-16, as an advisory board member of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in 2008, and as a steering committee member for the Virginia Festival of the Book. She founded the City of Charlottesville’s Juneteenth Celebration in 2000, which was held at PVCC until 2016. 

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Pictured left-to-right: Djamila Sanda, Ny’Asia Carter, Michael Turner.