Ebonie Wright, a Peoria DNP student in the advanced population health nursing program, was selected to receive a National Black Nurses Association’s “45 Under 40” Award.

The award honors and celebrates NBNA members who are 40 years old or younger and show strong leadership, excellence and innovation in their practice setting, NBNA chapters and communities.

“These young leaders are the way forward for our communities and our organization,” said Eric J. Williams, NBNA president. “The young leaders are the future of nursing.”

The award was given at the organization’s 47th anniversary celebration in St. Louis in August.

Wright also received the Norma Kelly/Robah Kellogg Scholarship from the Peoria Campus.