Foundation Announces 2014 ‘Full Ride’ Scholar Applications Now Available

Graduating High School Seniors Can Win Full Scholarship to a Black College

(Click here to download the application)


(DALLAS ) 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 College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2014.

“The cost of a college education isn’t getting any cheaper,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated radio show. “So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.”
Tom CapGown Pointing 191x300 Foundation Announces 2014 Full Ride Scholar Applications Now AvailablePast Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including the first winner, Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who graduated from Howard University, last year. She is now in her first year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania. She impressed the Foundation’s scholarship committee with her solid academic record and her knowledge of local, national and international politics. Cheyenne Boyce of Detroit is now a senior at Spelman College, where she is an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese.

The winning student will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. 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 the Tom Joyner Foundation website to download an application. (Click here to download the application). 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 2014).
  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 2100 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.
  4. Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2014.
  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, 2014. Interviews will occur in April 2014.

Sybil Wilkes, co-host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, calls on you to spread the word about the Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholarship Program. Listen below. 

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Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. You can learn more at

Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholars

Full Ride Scholarship

The Full Ride Scholarship is the Foundation’s most prestigious scholarship award to date. One (1) scholarship is awarded to a freshman entering a HBCU in the respective year’s fall semester. The scholarship recognizes academic distinction as well as strong character and personal qualities. The recipient of the Full Ride Scholarship receives full tuition waivers and stipends to cover on campus room and board and books. The scholarship recipient must maintain a required 3.0 GPA based on a 4.00 scale and 15 credit hours per semester. The scholarship award is renewed each semester up to 10 semesters.

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2008 Winner- Britney Wilson: The native of Brooklyn, NY is a Phi Beta Kappa English Major from Howard University headed to law school. She maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average during her time at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and distinguished herself with many accomplishments. During her years at Howard, Wilson became a conscientious scholar and active in all facets of the community. She has been president of the campus’ Sterling Brown English Society, a columnist and opinions editor at “The Hilltop Newspaper,’ and was a 1st place winner in the undergraduate division of the S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition where she presented a paper entitled, “Every Woman in No Man’s Land: Triumphs of the Modern Black Woman at the Expense of the Black Male Character in the Works of Lynn Nottage”.  She also is a former columnist for The Hilltop, the university’s campus newspaper, and worked diligently to advocate the rights for physically challenged students on campus.

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2009 Winner- Blaine Robertson attends Howard University.  He attended East St. John High School in Reserve, about 40 miles west of New Orleans.  He was president of the student council, band captain, and varsity soccer captain. He also participated in the school’s peer mediator program, in which he helps resolve disputes among his schoolmates. Robertson plans to use his intellect as a math teacher.
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2010 Winner – Cheynne Boyce is a student at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. She is ranked No. 1 at Detroit’s highly competitive Cass Technical High School where she is studying international relations, the environment and music. She graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and studied Japanese throughout high school, including traveling to the country last summer where she lived with a family. She plays the cello and is headed to New York to perform.