Tom Joyner Foundation and Toyota Financial Services Donate $60,000 to Support HBCUs

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Tom Joyner Foundation and Toyota Financial Services Donate $60,000 to Support HBCUs

Five Historically Black Colleges and Universities and The Tom Joyner Foundation to Each Receive $10,000 from Toyota Financial Services in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

$60,000 contribution will help further boost college retention and graduation rates, seen as key to ensuring the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream for America.

(DALLAS, January 13, 2017) In honor of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is continuing its support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their communities, by providing $60,000 to five HBCUs as well as the Tom Joyner Foundation.

“For the third year, we’re so glad to partner with Toyota Financial Services in supporting the vision of HBCUs,” said Thomas Joyner, Jr., President and CEO of the Foundation.  “These scholarships are an important investment in these schools, and are critical in helping students pursue their dreams.”

The following universities will each receive $10,000:

  1. Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas
  2. Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.
  3. Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss.
  4. Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  5. Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas

TFS is donating an additional $10,000 to support the Tom Joyner Foundation, as well.  The foundation provides academic support, scholarships, and programming to over 80 HBCUs in the Southern and Eastern United States.  The overall goal of these contributions is to support educational opportunities within many of the communities in which TFS operates.

“Education should be accessible to all – but many talented young minds are unable to complete their college education and realize their full potential because of the lack of financial aid,” said Mike Groff, TFS president and CEO.  “In keeping with TFS’ deeply held commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are honored to support the mission of HBCUs and help these students reach their academic and professional aspirations.”

The college graduation rate for African-American students in the U.S. stands at 42%, as opposed to 62% for their white counterparts, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Financial support of universities is key in black student retention, thereby producing high graduation rates.

“Dr. King’s dream included the belief that young people should be given an opportunity to receive the best education possible,” said John Ridgeway, TFS Corporate Manager of TFS’ Customer Service Center in Maryland.  “As a Toyota executive and an HBCU alumnus, I am proud to see Toyota Financial Services supporting these fine institutions and advocating higher education within our communities.”

Al Smith, TFS Group Vice President, Service Operations and Corporate Planning, added, “Financial support has become an area of critical need for a growing number of HBCUs. Providing this support not only keeps students on track, but contributes to the sustainment of these HBCUs and helps them address the issues that impact student retention.”

TFS has been named a DiversityInc Top 50 company for the past nine years in a row, and has been consistently recognized by Black Enterprise, Hispanic Business, and the Human Rights Campaign as a Best Company for Diversity and one of the Best Places to Work. TFS has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to deserving students across the nation, its executives actively support and sponsor the company’s many diversity and inclusion initiatives, and its associates have devoted their time and talents to many meaningful national- and community-based programs.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation(neil.foote@tomjoynerfoundation.org, 214.448.3765) or Justin Leach, public relations manager, Toyota Financial Services (justin_leach@toyota.com, 310.468.5332).

About The Tom Joyner Foundation
The Tom Joyner Foundation (http://tomjoynerfoundation.org) was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 18-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students.

 

About Toyota Financial Services

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota in the United States, offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust. TFS also offers extended service contracts through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). The company services Lexus dealers and customers using the Lexus Financial Services brand. TFS currently employs approximately 3,100 associates nationwide, and has assets totaling nearly $116 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. We announce material financial information using the investor relations section of our website (www.toyotafinancial.com) and SEC filings. We use these channels, press releases, and social media to communicate about our company, our services, and other issues. While not all information we post on social media is of a material nature, some information could be material. Therefore, we encourage those interested in our company to review our posts on Twitter at www.twitter.com/toyotafinancial. Points of Light has named TFS one of its Civic 50, which recognizes the most community-minded companies in the nation. For more information about the company’s support of financial literacy, youth development programs, and other community initiatives, please visit www.tfsinthecommunity.com.


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HALE WOODRUFF’S MONUMENTAL TALLADEGA MURALS TO COME TO TEXAS

Murals to be presented at African American Museum in Dallas
First Time Murals Will Ever Leave Talladega College

“Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College” Will Provide Fresh Look at Murals Depicting Key Moments in African American History

 

The Talladega murals (http://amistadmurals.com), which are considered among Woodruff’s greatest achievements, have undergone conservation at the Atlanta Art Conservation Center under the auspices of the High Museum of Art. “Rising Up: Hale Wood-ruff’s Murals at Talladega College” will be on view at the African American Museum in Dallas, October 6, 2012 – February 28, 2013.

Comprising six monumental canvases arranged in two cycles of three, the vibrant murals portray heroic efforts to resist slavery as well as moments in the history of the college, which opened in 1867 to serve the educational needs of a new population of freed slaves. The first cycle depicts the uprising on the slave ship La Amistad, the trial that followed and the subsequent freedom and return to Africa of the captives on that ship. The companion murals show themes of the Underground Railroad, the founding of Talladega College and the construction of Savery Library, for which the murals were commissioned. The restoration process will address the effects of aging on the works. The exhibition at the High Museum of Art will include works that span Woodruff’s career, with a particular focus on his important work as a muralist. In addition to the Talladega murals and studies, this exhibition will feature examples of Woodruff’s other mural commissions as well as smaller-scale paintings he made while in Mexico, where he went in 1936 to study mural painting with Diego Rivera. The project also explores Woodruff’s impact on the arts and the opportunities he provided for artists of color in his role as the first chair of the newly established art department of Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) from 1931 to 1946.

The exhibition project is accompanied by a catalogue that includes essays on the artist, the murals, Talladega College and American mural painting in the decades surrounding the Talladega project. A descriptive photo essay on the findings of the conservation work is also featured. After the murals are exhibited nationally, they will return to Talladega College in 2015.

“Exhibiting these murals holds a particular relevance for the people of Texas,” said Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., President/CEO of the African American Museum in Dallas. “Hale Woodruff was one of the artists who exhibited in the Hall of Negro Life at the Texas Centennial State Fair in 1936. The African American Museum currently occupies the site where the Hall of Negro Life stood.

Hale Aspacio Woodruff Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900–1980) was born in Cairo, Illinois. He studied art at both the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and the Fogg Museum of Harvard University. Woodruff contributed to the development of African Ameri-can art not only as an artist, but also as a distinguished arts educator. Woodruff’s first mural project was a collaboration with Wilmer Jennings in 1934. The four-panel mural, titled “The Negro in Modern American Life: Agriculture and Rural Life; Literature, Music, and Art,” was part of a public works project and a teaching project that involved both Wood-ruff’s students and a local junior high school. In 1935, Woodruff worked on Works Progress Administration (WPA) mu-rals for the Atlanta School of Social Work. Between 1931 and 1946, he served as the first chair of the newly established art department of Atlanta University. During the summer of 1936, Woodruff studied mural painting in Mexico under the mentorship of Diego Rivera. In 1946, he became a teacher at New York University, where he taught art for more than 20 years until his retirement in 1968. During the mid-1960s Woodruff and fellow artist Romare Bearden were instrumen-tal in starting the Spiral Group, a collaboration of African American artists working in New York. The Studio Museum in Harlem presented a retrospective of his work titled “Hale Woodruff: 50 Years of His Art” in 1979, and the High pre-sented “Hale Woodruff in Atlanta” in 2004, the first solo exhibition of Woodruff’s paintings in Atlanta since his death in 1980.


Exhibition Organization and Support

“Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College” is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, in partnership with Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama. This exhibition is made possible by generous support from American Express. The conservation project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th and 20th century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and Afri-can art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.high.org.

The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it
combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit www.woodruffcenter.org.

About the African American Museum
The African American Museum is an institution dedicated to the research, identification, selection, acquisition,
presentation, and preservation of visual art forms and historical documents that relate to the African American commu-nity. The Collections of the museum combined with its related activities serve to assist all people to understand the African American experience. The African American Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southwestern region of the United States. As a repository of the African American experience we affirm the following purposes: To be a living cultural institution that presents and interprets the diversity of enrichment of the African Ameri-can community.
To be a museum of history, which seeks to cultivate preserve and tell the story of growth, development, and contribution of the African American community to the American life.
African American Museum Season

Sponsors
American Airlines, CHASE, Trammell S. Crow, Delta Sigma Theta/Dallas Alumnae Chapter, ExxonMobil Corporation, Friendship West Baptist Church, Ben E. Keith Beers, H. Kay and Kenneth B. Jarvis Foundation, Dr. & Mrs. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Bradford, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, R.G. Parrish Foods, Vin & Caren Prothro Foundation, South Dallas/Fair Park Trust Fund, State Fair of Texas, Texas Instruments, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, and The Meadows Foundation.

Community Partners
Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Good Street Baptist Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, New Birth Baptist Church, Inspiring Body of Christ (IBOC), St. John Missionary Baptist Church (Grand Prairie), St. Paul Baptist Church, The Cathedral Cedar Crest CME Church & Plano North Metroplex Chapter Links, Inc.
The African American Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is supported, in part, by funds from the City of Dal-las Office of Cultural Affairs, The Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts,
a Federal agency.

Admission
Admission to the African American Museum is free except for groups of 10 or more—for groups of 10 or more, admission is $5 per adult and $2 per child under 12.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Museum is closed Sunday and Monday, as well as Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Group Tours
Tours may be scheduled for groups of 10 or more.

Memberships
By joining the African American Museum, members will receive advance notice of exhibitions, lectures, performances and other special events. Museum members also receive a 10% discount on purchases of $5 or more in the new
Lassiter Emporium (formerly The Museum Store). Memberships start as low as $15 for the student level and go up to $1,000 or more for a benefactor membership. For membership information, call Rhonda Grimes.


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Florida A&M, Tennessee State Partner with Tom Joyner’s HBCUsOnline.com to Offer Online Degrees

FAMU and Tennessee State join Texas Southern University to become part of Joyner’s education services company that launched nine-months ago. HBCUsOnline also is offering a wide range of professional certificates.

Florida A & M University and Tennessee State University are partnering with Tom Joyner’s HBCUsOnline as part of a new national initiative to enroll students in undergraduate and graduate online degree programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

FAMU and Tennessee State join Texas Southern University to become part of Joyner’s education services company that has been well-received by tens of thousands of potential students since it launched nine-months ago.  In addition to offering new degree choices, HBCUsOnline is offering a wide range of professional certificates, from basic business skills to advanced certifications for information technology (IT) professionals.

HBCUsOnline is a marketing, enrollment services and online student support vehicle to help students apply to black colleges and achieve career success after graduation. Joyner is creating the most comprehensive educational services company for black colleges in the world. Since last September, more than 150,000 adult student prospects visited HBCUsOnline.com

“Adding FAMU and Tennessee State as part of HBCUsOnline is very exciting because we are now partnering with three of the largest HBCUs in the nation,” said Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and founder of the company. “I want to make sure that African Americans know that getting an online degree from an HBCU is a better choice. Students take classes from experienced professors and graduates become part of the schools’ proud legacy of alumni!”

Enrollment for the fall courses is now open.  Students can go to HBCUsOnline.com to learn more about popular degree programs and easily apply.  HBCUsOnline provides program specialists to facilitate the entire application and enrollment process as well as provide online-focused student support from registration through graduation. Upon completion of all the required coursework, a student will receive a degree from the participating universities – an accredited, credible, high quality and nationally recognized black college or university.

Tennessee State, founded in 1912, has more than 8,800 students, and for 12 consecutive years has been ranked one of the nation’s best colleges by U.S. News and World Reports. The Nashville, TN-based school is offering several options, including two undergraduate degrees and a masters degree program that are specifically designed to help working adults complete their degrees.  The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSID) is specifically designed for students who have already earned some prior college credit. It is flexible enough to help them complete remaining coursework and earn a degree. The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS) has a concentration in Organizational Leadership or Information Technology. The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) allows students to select a concentration in one of three areas: Human Resources Leadership, Training and Development or Strategic Leadership.

“Tennessee State University has a diverse student population and offers quality programs to suit the academic and professional needs of its constituency,” said President Portia Shields. “Among this population are adult learners who are able to earn degrees online, at night, and on weekends. Through this partnership, we are able to extend the University’s reach and expose the merits of this great Institution to a broader audience.”

FAMU, the nation’s largest HBCU, enrolling 13,274 students, was ranked by the National Academies as the No. 1 institution of origin for African Americans who go on to earn their Ph.D. degrees in the natural science and engineering. FAMU’s College of Law in Orlando is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s most diverse law schools. FAMU is noted for its programs in business, architecture, journalism and the heath profession including pharmacy where it is the nation’s leading producer of African American pharmacists. FAMU is now offering three online graduate-level programs in high-demand job areas: an Executive Masters in Business Administration degree, a Masters in Public Health and a Masters of Science in Nursing.

“We are looking forward to enrolling students from across the country, and around the globe in our online programs so that we can prepare them to pursue their career goals and give them the opportunity to be a part of this great Rattler tradition,” said President James H. Ammons. “FAMU has the programs, faculty and researchers to help students prepare to compete and win in the new economy. We are pleased to partner with HBCUsOnline to bring our programs to the finger tips of a broader audience.”

Texas Southern’s online degree programs include a general Executive MBA, an Executive MBA with an emphasis in Energy Finance, and an Executive Masters in Public Administration. Texas Southern is an 85-year-old institution best known for its Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Jesse H. Jones School of Business, its Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, and its College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, which has produced 27 percent of all African-American pharmacists in the country.

In addition to HBCUsOnline, Joyner also continues to operate the 12-year-old Tom Joyner Foundation, which has raised more than $60 million to help student remain enrolled in HBCUs.


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Tom Joyner Foundation® Honors Black Male Scholars

Scholarship Aimed At Encouraging Students to Complete Their College Degrees at Black Colleges

(Dallas – April 20, 2011)  The Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded a dozen scholarships to students at several black colleges in the country as part of its on-going effort to assist these students to complete their degrees.

Since January, the Foundation has recognized students from Talladega College in Talladega, AL, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC and Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS.  The scholarships are awarded each week to students attending the Tom Joyner Foundation’s “School of the Month” program, which raises money from alumni, friends and other supporters from around the country.  The winners are announced on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which is heard every morning in more than 100 markets around the country, reaching more than eight million listeners.

The Hercules Scholarship is named after Joyner’s father, the late Hercules Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education. To be a candidate for the scholarship, students must be male, attend a Foundation “School of the Month”, have a grade point average of at least 3.0, and be a campus leader involved in the community with a career goal toward making a difference in the quality of life for his race. The scholars each receive a scholarship grant of $1,500 that is paid directly to their school to help offset their college expenses.

Tom Joyner, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute, said that the scholarships are greatly needed.  On average, the percentage of black male students enrolled at HBCUs is about 37 percent. Joyner wants to help increase that percentage significantly.

In January, the four Talladega students were:

Evan Reddick, a junior biology student from Gadsden, AL. Mr. Bridges is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, serves as the junior class president and is a member of the Student Government Association. After graduation, he plans to become pharmaceutical sales representative. His life’s philosophy is guided by a Frederick Douglass quote: “It is better to be part of a great whole than to be the whole of a small part.”

Emmanuel Pina, a junior biology major from Queens, NY. Mr. Pina is a member of the college’s basketball team, the student government association and is a tutor at a local community center and a peer tutor in biology.  After graduation, he plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist.  His life’s philosophy is guided by a Malcolm X quote: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

James Escortt, a junior public administration major from Chicago, IL.  Mr. Escortt is a member of the Talladega College Choir, the Public Administration Society and serves as president of the Student Government Association.  During his summers, he volunteers at a center for the elderly and mentors young people at a Chicago church.  His life’s motto is: “I ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around.”

Christopher Mosley is an Anniston, AL senior majoring in mathematics with a minor in business management. He is a member of the Society of Black Engineers, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and serves as a Talladega College Ambassador.  After graduation, he plans to become a chemical engineer.

In February, the Johnson C. Smith University Hercules Scholars are:

Anthony Cureton, a sophomore computer science major with a minor in biology, from Warren, MI.  Mr. Cureton is a member of the Men’s Cross Country Track Team, served as the tumbling coordinate of the cheerleading squad and is a student ambassador. After graduation, the Honor student plans to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon. He also volunteers with Focus Hope, a tutoring and mentoring program. His daily message is “Say Strong.”

Charles Hauser, a sophomore visual and performing arts/graphics design major, is from Winston Salem, NC.

He volunteers at the International House of Charlotte, works as a production assistant for the Johnson C. Smith broadcast station and is a volunteer for the campus’ theater troupe. After graduation, he plans to get a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. He lives by the motto, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Howard Estell, a senior social work major, is from Niagara Falls, NY. He mentors other adult students at Johnson C. Smith University, volunteers with the local American Red Cross, works with the Sickle Cell Network and coaches his three daughters’ T-ball teams. After graduation, he plans to work as a social worker and educate people about sickle cell anemia.  His life’s philosophy: “Live life victoriously.”

Levi Williams, a Wilson, NC freshman majoring in sports management, plans to become a sports agent, representing professional athletes.  He serves as “Mr. Freshman”, is active with the Pre-Alumni Council, is a peer tutor and plans to study in West Africa this summer.  He lives by the motto, “Anything I see, I can be.”

In March, the Tougaloo College Hercules Scholars are:

Jervarius Prescott, a senior majoring in political science, is from Cleveland, MS. Mr. Prescott mentors at a local elementary school, is vice president of the Pre-Law Society, a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and is a member of Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society.  He’s also active in the student chapter of the NAACP.  After graduation, he plans to become an attorney.  He believes in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”.

Jamal Perkins, a sophomore mathematics major with a minor in business, is from Greenwood, MS.  He is involved with The Jackson Heart Study program and is member of the tennis team, the Pre-Alumni Council, the student chapter of the NAACP and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.  He plans to become an attorney.

Aaron Light is a Detroit native who is junior majoring in political science.  He is a peer tutor, a member of the Tougaloo Pre-Law Society and has interned with the Mississippi State Legislature.  After graduation, he plans to become an attorney and political leader. He lives by the philosophy, “Leave the world a better place than you found it.”

Windell C. Blount, a junior majoring in political science, is form Madison, MS.  Mr. Blount is involved in numerous activities on campus, including the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.  The future lawyer says he was greatly inspired by the election of President Barack Obama. He lives by the motto, “The Grass is Me,” which is a line from a poem he wrote in Eighth Grade.

In addition to these there ‘Schools of the Month’ , the remaining schools are: Miles College, Fairfield, AL (April), Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN (May), Wiley College, Marshall, TX (June), Benedict College, Columbia, SC (July),  Xavier University, New Orleans, LA (August), Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS (September), Central State University, Wilberforce, OH (October) and Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL ( November).

About the Tom Joyner Foundation:

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has focused on its primary mission of helping to keep students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). The Foundation has assisted more than 14,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs, raising more than $60 million.  Throughout the week, the Foundation announces scholarship winners on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner. Each week, separate financial awards are focused on students who are single parents, high achievers, and distinguished male students at the ‘School of the Month’. The organization’s largest annual fundraiser is its “Fantastic Voyage”™, which is a seven-day, six-night cruise that raises more than $1 million a year.


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Tom Joyner Foundation® Launches Scholarship to Recognize Vets Since 911 Attending Black Colleges

Veterans of Iraq, Afghan Wars who are students at HBCUs are eligible

(Dallas– September 11, 2009) The Tom Joyner Foundation® today announced a new ‘Scholar of Honor’ program that will provide a $1,500 scholarship to a veteran of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars since Sept. 11, 2001. The veteran must be currently attending a Historically Black Colleges & University (HBCU).

“This scholarship recognizes those men and women who have served our country who are trying to complete their education at a black college,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated radio show. “This is our way of saying, ‘Thanks’ for what they’ve done and to help them pursue their dreams.”

The scholarship is available to qualified recent veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and the National Guard and Reserves that have served since Sept. 11, 2001 in the Overseas Contingency Operation. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist military veterans who have enrolled in an HBCU to complete their education with costs that are not covered by the Montgomery GI Bill, which provides eligible veterans of benefits, including an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university. The first scholarship will be awarded during the week of Oct. 26, 2009.

Detailed information about the scholarship is available at Joyner’s website, BlackAmericaWeb.com.

To qualify for the scholarship, the veteran must meet the following criteria:

* Must be a veteran of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, US Coast Guard, and the National Guard and Reserves and must have served in the US Overseas Contingency Operation and/or since Sept. 11, 2001.
* Must be currently enrolled at an HBCU as a full time student and in good standing with their respective institution.
* Letter of nomination must provide contact information (phone and email) for the nominee and the nominator.

Eligible applicants or loved ones must submit a nomination letter of no more than 250 words. The letter should include the nominee’s rank, time and place served, and designate from which branch of the Armed Services the nominee served. The letter should also highlight why the nominee deserves the scholarship, and any other personal information or history that will help select the award winning scholar, such as special medals and/or awards that the nominee has received. The letters must be accompanied by a digital photograph of the nominee that may be posted on BlackAmericaWeb.com and shared with media.

Upon selecting a recipient, the Tom Joyner Foundation will verify the nominee’s military status, enrollment at an HBCU, and amount needed for enrollment for the subsequent semester.

Letters of nomination may be emailed to scholarofhonor@blackamericaweb.com faxed to Foundation office at (972) 681.2886, or mailed to the The Tom Joyner Foundation, P.O. Box 630495, Irving, Tx 75063-0495

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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