Tom Joyner Foundation to Share Proceeds of Book Sales with
Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
(Dallas, TX – June 25, 2009) A portion of the book sales of “Tom Joyner Presents How to Prepare for College” will benefit two black colleges: Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), Princess Anne, Md.
The book, written by Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD, a graduate of UMES and Wil LaVeist, a graduate of Lincoln, has a foreword written by Thomas Joyner, the nationally syndicated media personality and philanthropist. Released earlier this year, the book is filled with easy to read, easy to understand lessons that can help make the path to college a little bit easier.
“A book like this is essential to the prosperity of a student,” said Dr. Ivory N. Nelson, president of Lincoln University. “The best advice a young person can get is from individuals like the LaVeist brothers, who have navigated successfully through the academic arena and are not too far removed from the experience. The results of these proceeds will be the testimonies of Lincoln students who will achieve greatness comparable to that of the LaVeist brothers and Tom Joyner, all HBCU graduates. We are excited and grateful to have this partnership helping us to continue to produce leaders.”
Thelma Thompson, president of the UMES, said, “The collaboration between these two geniuses can only bring good to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. We are very proud to call these two of my favorite alumni – Thomas LaVeist and Tom Joyner [who receive an honorary doctorate].”
The LaVeist brothers said the book is a valuable resource that will help African-American families learn how to give their children a chance to compete.
The book, published by Joyner’s Foundation and Amber Books Inc., can be ordered now through www.amberbooks.com and www.ipgbook.com. Chain stores (Barnes and Noble, Borders, Wal-Mart, Sam’s, etc.), can make special orders through Independent Publishers Group until September 2009, when the title will be officially released (published) nationwide.
The book features useful advice on several subjects, including:
- A step-by-step guide for elementary school and beyond
- Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) v. non-HBCU: Which is the right for me?
- The Admission Process
- Paying for a college tuition
- The financial aid process
- Financial aid myths
- Staying in college
- Preparing for life after college
- Giving back
- A List of HBCUs
- Useful websites/organizations for scholarships/grants
Tony Rose, publisher/CEO, of Phoenix, AZ based Amber Communications Group, Inc. (ACGI), created Amber Books Publishing in 1998, which is the corporation’s first imprint, and has become the nation’s largest African-American publisher of self-help and career-guide book titles written by and for African Americans. Yvonne Rose, an Associate Publisher for Amber Books and director of Quality Press, said, “We are delighted with the opportunity and pleased that the Tom Joyner Foundation, Inc. has selected Quality Press, Amber Books and Independent Publishers Group to handle the production, manufacturing, publishing and distribution of their new literary venture Tom Joyner Presents How To Prepare For College.”
The Tom Joyner Foundation provides financial assistance to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. (HBCUs) Since 1998, The Tom Joyner Foundation® has raised more than $55 million to help students attending HBCUs stay in school. The Tom Joyner Foundation also hosts an annual cruise named the Fantastic VoyageTM , which raises money for the (HBCUs).