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.