Katrina remains the most catastrophic and costly hurricane in U.S. history as we are approaching 10 years since the hurricane .The historic storm killed almost 2,000 people, left thousands stranded without homes and scarred many lives for years to come.
During this time not only was the community of New Orleans affected but our HBCU’s were affected as well. The Tom Joyner Foundation during this time put together a one of its biggest fundraisers yet and raised money for HBCUs. Students who were affected by the hurricane and transferred schools the Tom Joyner Foundation help these students get back in to college.
Below we highlight students who received scholarships from us during this time.
Here is Tiphania Johnson and before Hurricane Katrina she attended Dillard university 03-05 then after the hurricane she she attended Univ. Of Tennessee 06-08 and Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science . The biggest change for her was having to adapt to a new environment, culture, food, and lifestyle different from New Orleans. Tiphania received a lot of financial assistance from the Tom Joyner foundation and found out through social media and ” what a blessing it was”.
A quote she live by is that “everything happens for a reason”& “God makes no mistakes”. She says that ” in this 10th anniversary let us celebrate rebirth and not dwell on the destruction and devastation.” Currently, she is serving in the Navy and has been now for 5 years and is stationed in Washington State.