JoAnna Jones of Asheville,NC Wins 2015 Tom Joyner Foundation® ‘Full Ride’ Scholarship

JoAnnaJonesHeadShot-Updated(Dallas – April 8) JoAnna Jones of Asheville, North Carolina, is the winner of the Tom Joyner Foundation® “Full Ride Scholarship” that will cover full tuition, room and board (on-campus only) and books up to 10 semesters.

Tom Joyner, the Foundation’s chairman and founder, announced his scholarship today during the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which airs on 100 stations and reaching a broadcast and digital audience of more than eight million listeners every week. Jones, a graduating senior from Asheville’s Buncombe County Early College High School, was selected from hundreds of applicants for the scholarship.

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Tom Joyner and Amb. Andrew Young with Full Ride Scholar Winner JoAnna Jones (r.) and her mom, Christine Giglio.

 Jones plans to attend Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, N.C. because of its science and nursing-related courses. The impressive18-year-old also is graduating with an Associates’ of Arts Degree from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. She became inspired to pursue a career in the medical field after participating in the Minority Medical Mentoring Program, where she had a chance to shadow members of the medical field everyday after school. In her application essay, she discussed how doctors treated one patient who they learned had been overmedicated.

“I’m so grateful for this scholarship,” said Jones, who also worked as a lifeguard and a swim instructor. “I want to get into healthcare to make the people connections and to right by someone’s side when they’re going through the worst thing in their lives.”

Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated morning radio show, said, “JoAnna is one of those amazing students who will benefit from the nurturing and family atmosphere that HBCUs provide. She’s going to do great things in this world. I’m so glad the Foundation is going to be a part of her success.”

Stefanie Buckner, who wrote a recommendation for Ms. Jones, said, “JoAnna is a determined, goal-oriented, confident young lady that will be a leader in the health care profession in the very near future.” Julie Maimes, Jones’ science teacher, wrote, “JoAnna is the most exceptional student I have had the opportunity to teach in my career. She is diligent, responsible, dedicated to her education and committed to serving her community.”

Jones is the fifth Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholar. Previous winners include Titus Ziegler Jr., of Atlanta’s Inman Middle School who served as a commander of the elite Junior ROTC Color Guard and Cheyenne Boyce of Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Spelman College in Atlanta and is currently a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia where she is teaching English. Blaine Robertson of Reserve, La. is graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in history with a minor in secondary education. The first winner, Britney Wilson of Brooklyn, N.Y., is graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University. Ms. Wilson will be working in the New York offices of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The 2015 Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholar Finalists with Tom Joyner and Amb. Andrew Young.

The 2015 Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholar Finalists with Tom Joyner and Amb. Andrew Young.

To retain the scholarship, students had to meet the required academic standards each semester. Graduating high school seniors applied for the scholarship by going to TomJoynerFoundation.org. To be eligible, students had to meet the following criteria: 1.) Be a United States citizen; 2.) Be a current high school senior attending school in the United States. Each applicant must complete high school in the spring of 2015; 3.) Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and minimum SAT score of 1300 (math and verbal only) or ACT score of 28; 4.) Applicants had to apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2015; 5.) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service and extracurricular activities.

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. To learn more about the Foundation, go to TomJoynerFoundation.org.

2015 Tom Joyner Foundation Full-Ride Scholarship Application

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 2015.

“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 Tom Joyner Morning show. “So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.”

Past Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including last year’s winner, Titus Zeigler, who was a top student at Atlanta’s Henry W. Grady High School. The future trauma surgeon was a member of the Junior ROTC program, tutored kids at a local middle school and volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank. Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who graduated from Howard University, is now in her second year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania. Another one of our Full Ride Scholars Cheyenne Boyce graduated from  Spelman College earlier this year, where she was an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese.

Students 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 at http://www.tomjoynerfoundation.org to complete the application. Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at P.O. Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

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 2015).

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, 2015.

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 16th, 2015. Interviews will occur in April 2015.

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $65 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 http://tomjoynerfoundation.org

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 Joyner - Graduation GownPast 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. Sybil talks Full Ride

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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 http://tomjoynerfoundation.org

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.

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.

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.

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.