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Tom Joyner Foundation® Launches ‘Full Ride’

Scholarship to Black College

Student to Get All Expenses Paid for up to 10 Semesters

(Dallas– November 19th, 2008) The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the ‘full ride’ scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in the fall of 2009.

“Last year, we offered our first full-ride scholarship, and I’m really excited about doing it again,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated radio show. “I can’t wait to meet some of the best and brightest students in the country.”

Britney Wilson, last year’s winner, is a freshman at Howard University. She impressed the Foundation’s scholarship committee with her solid academic record and her knowledge of local, national and international politics.

“Winning the Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholarship was a blessing,” said the native of Brooklyn, NY. “By giving me the opportunity to attend college without having any financial worries, it allows me to focus completely on achieving all of my goals which is something that I realize is very difficult for many other college students. Even more than that, it is a source of motivation because I strive to not only live up to the expectations and legacy of my family, my school and Tom Joyner Foundation. I take pride in representing black intellectuals who choose to attend HBCUs and I intend to show anyone who is doubtful just how much we are capable of accomplishing.”

Students will receive full tuition and stipends to cover room and board (on-campus only) and books up to 10 semesters. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to BlackAmericaWeb.com (http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/foundation/fullride). To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

1.) A United States Citizen

2.) Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the Spring of 2008).

3.) Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and Minimum SAT score of 1300 – combined math and verbal score/ or ACT score of 28.

4.) Applicants must have applied and accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2009.

5.) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

The applications must be postmarked no later than January 17th, 2009.

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $55 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 14,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs.

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Comment by Robert L. Weaver on April 27, 2009 at 3:40pm
Here's some more scholarship and fellowship information I hope some of you can use or recommend to a friend. Hey college costs are sky rocketing so take advantages of some of the programs offered. As always check with the program listed for more current information.


Even if you do not have a college-aged child at home, please share this with someone who does, and to anyone and everyone that comes to mind. Though there are a number of companies and organizations that have donated money for scholarships to African Americans, a great deal of the money is being returned because of a lack of interest or awareness.

No one is going to knock on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship.

Take the initiative to get your children involved. Money shouldn't be returned to donating companies because we fail to apply for it.

Please pass this information on to family members, nieces, nephews, friends with children etc. We must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college student or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful additional money can be.
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2) Student Inventors Scholarships http://www.invent.org/collegiate </>http://www.invent.org/collegiate/

3) Student Video Scholarships http://www.christophers.org /vidcon2k.html

4) Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships http://www.coca-colascholars.org/programs. html

5) Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships http://holocaust.hklaw.com/

6) Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships http://www.aynrand.org/contests/

7) Brand Essay Competition http://www.instituteforbrandleadership.org/IBLEssayContest-2002Rules.html

8) Gates Millennlum Scholarships (major) http://www.gmsp.org/nominationmaterials/read.dbm?ID=12

9) Xerox Scholarships for Students http://www2.xerox.com/go/xrx/about_ xerox/about_ xerox_detail.jsp

10) Sports Scholarships and Internships http://www.ncaa.org/about/scholarships.html

11) National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ) < /FONT>http://www.nabj.org/html/ studentsvcs.html

12) Saul T. Wilson Scholarships (Veterinary) http://www.aphis.usda.gov/mb/mrphr/jobs/stw.html

13) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund http://www.thurgood marshallfund.org/skv6.cfm

14) FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid scholarships) http://www.finaid.org/

15) Presidential Freedom Scholarships http://www.national service.org/scholarships/

16) Microsoft Scholarship Program http://www.microsof t.com/college/ scholarships/ minority. asp

17) WiredScholar Free Scholarship Searchhttp:/ /www.wiredscholar.com/paying/scholarship_search/pay_ scholarship_searc

18) Hope Scholarships &Lifetime Credits http://www.ed.gov/inits/ hope/

19) William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Studentshttp: //www.apsanet. org/PS/grants/ aspen3.cfm

20) Multiple List of Minority Scholarships http://gehon.ir.miami.edu/financial- assistance/Scholarship/ black.html

21) Guaranteed Scholarships http://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com/

22) BOEING scholarships (som e HBCU connects) http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/educationrelations/scholarships

23) Easley National Scholarship Program http://www.naas.org/senior.html

24) Maryland Artists Scholarships http://www.maef.org/

26) Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship (for AA students in South Florida ) http://www. jackituckfield.org/

27) Historically Black College & University Scholarships http://www.ie sabroad.org/info/hbcu.htm

28) Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Studentshttp: //www.beanactuar y.org/minority/ scholarships. htm

29) International Students Scholarships &Aid Help http://www.iefa.org/

30) College Board Scholarship Search http://cbweb10p.collegeboard.org/fundfinder/html/fundfind01.html

31) Burger King Scholarship Program http://www.bkscholars.csfa.org/

32) Siemens Westinghouse Competition http://www.siemens-foundationorg/

33) GE and LuLac Scholarship Funds http://www.lulac. org/Programs/Scholar.html

34) CollegeNet' s Scholarship Database http://mach25.collegenet.com/cgi-bin/M25/index

35) Union Sponsored Scholarships and Aid http://www.aflcioor g/scholarships/ scholar.html

36) Federal Scholarships &Aid Gateways 25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excelhttp:// www.blackexcel. org/25scholarships.html

37) Scholarship &Financial Aid Help http://www.blackexcel.org/fin-sch.html

38) Scholarship Links (Ed Finance Group) http://www.efg.net/link_scholarship.htm

39) FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form &Info) http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

40) Aid &Resources For Re-Entry Students http://www.back2col lege.com/

41) Scholarships and Fellowships http://www.osc.cuny.edu/sep/links.html

42) Scholarships for Study in Paralegal Studies http://www.paralegals.org/Choice/2000west.htm

43) HBCU Packard Sit Abroad Scholarships (for study around the world) http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/packardnomination.html

44) Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities http://ccmi.uchicago.edu/schl1.html

45) INROADS internships http://www.inroads.org/

46) ACT-SO bEURoeOlympics of the Mind 'A Scholarships' http://www.naacp.org/work/actso/act-so.shtml

47) Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarships' http://www.baeo.org/options/privatelyfinanced.jsp

48) Science Net Scholarship Listing http://www.sciencenet.emory.edu/undergrad/scholarships.html

49) Graduate Fellowships For Minorities Nationwide http://cuinfo.cornell.edu/Student/GRFN/list.phtml? category= MINORITIES

50) RHODES SCHOLARSHIPS AT OXFORD http://www.rhodesscholar.org/info.html

51) The Roothbert Scholarship Fund http://www.roothbertfund.org/school

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