Winston-Salem State University Foundation named School of the Month partner

 

The Tom Joyner Foundation is partnering with the Winston-Salem State University Foundation (WSSUF), to help raise funds to support scholars attending Winston-Salem State University.

As a partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, the WSSUF and its chapters will be promoted on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

WSSUF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. There are more than 16,000 alumni across the nation and beyond. The governance of the Foundation includes alumni, as well as members of the local community and university administrators. The WSSUF continues to grow with the support of alumni and friends of Winston-Salem State.

Winston-Salem State University was founded in 1852. In 1925, Winston-Salem State became the first African-American institution in the nation to grant elementary education teaching degrees and today, the University offers a Motorsports Management major. This award winning program is the nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree program dedicated to Motorsports management. The University’s undergraduate and graduate programs offer more than 40 majors for which graduates are prepared and ready to serve in their prospective fields. Notable alumni include: Louise Smith, an educator who established the first kindergarten program in North Carolina, former NBA basketball star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and talk show host, television personality, and former American sports journalist, Stephen A. Smith.

The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: May – University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.; June – Xavier University, New Orleans, La.; July – South Carolina State University Foundation, Orangeburg S. C.; August – Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; September –Prairie View A&M Foundation, Prairie View, Texas; October – Tennessee State University Foundation, Nashville, Tenn.; November – Alabama A&M University Foundation, Huntsville, Ala.

About the Winston-Salem State University Foundation

The Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Inc.,  is a private, non-profit organization independent of the university. Established in 1970, the Foundation was created to generate resources to support the strategic initiatives of the university. The mission of the Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and general well-being of the university.

Future Accountant Receives the Last Hercules Scholarship in JSU Campaign

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[Dallas, TX – February 26th , 2015]

Student: Claude Davis Jr.

GPA : 3.8

Hometown : Harvey, Illinois

Major/ Class: Accounting/ Freshman

Claude Davis Jr. ,a Freshman at Jackson State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Claude Davis Jr. is originally from Harvey, Illinois and currently has a 3.8 GPA. He is majoring in Accounting at Jackson State University. His future goal after earning his degree at  Jackson State , is to become an accountant for a Fortune 500 Company. Currently on campus he serve as member of the accounting society and participates in Jackson State intramural leagues.  He also mentions that the most influential people in his life are his parents.

He lives by the motto : “You can do anything you set your mind to”. #THEEILove

Jackson State University , located in Jackson , Miss., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for February. JSU was established as Natchez Seminary in 1877 by the American Baptist Home mission Society. In November 1882, the school was moved to Jackson, Mississippi, and in March 1899, the name was changed to Jackson College. The name was then changed to Jackson State College in 1956, and on March 15,1974, the college reached university status.

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Over $50 Million Held from HBCUs – Do HBCUs Matter?

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[February 24th ,2015 – Dallas, TX]

A report released by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) reveals several states that are home to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have withheld nearly $57 million in funding that was designated for the institutions.

Between 2010 and 2012, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida and Delaware reportedly did not allocate proper funds to some of the minority institutions within their state.  Under the Morrill Act of 1890, which established 18 black land-grant universities, the federal government committed to providing financial support to these institutions as long as the state matched that support. APLU’s report finds disparities in states matching funds for land grant HBCUs versus predominantly white colleges and universities. When it came to HBCUs, the institutions received more than $244 million from USDA, while states matched just over $188 million. Under congressional mandate, states are not penalized if they cannot or refuse to fund the schools, leaving HBCUs with the responsibility to match the funds up to 50 percent in order to keep the federal allocation. However since 2008, more than 50 percent of HBCU Land Grant schools have applied to be waived of this requirement.

When the state does not match the funds, the university is on the hook to provide the money back to the USDA,” HBCU Digest reports Dr. John M. Lee Jr., Vice President for the APLU Office of Access and Success saying. “There’s no mechanism now to make states accountable if they don’t match the funds. In fact, it presents a big problem for those HBCUs that want to pursue other USDA grants. If their state legislatures aren’t matching annual funding, and a particular grant requires matching dollars from state governments, some Black colleges may be hesitant to go for that kind of grant.”

To help solve this issue, APLU recommends state legislatures ensure that proper and fair funding is dispersed to HBCUs and predominantly white schools and that the federal government cracks down on the one-to-one matching by states.

Written by : Courtney Connley – BlackEnterprise.com

JSU Alumni to be Honored at the White House “Champions of Change”

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[ February 23rd, 2015 – Dallas, TX]

On February 24th, the White House will recognize faculty and staff members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as “Champions of Change” who are finding success promoting college completion and success. These leaders have worked with students, families, and policymakers to build pathways to graduation at their respective institutions. The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by actor and E News Co-Host, Terrence Jenkins, remarks from Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The event is closed to press but will be live streamed on the White House website.

 Dr. Tommie Stewart

Among the 11 honorees is  Jackson State University Alumnae, Tommie “Tonea” Stewart, Ph.D., Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart is a native of Greenwood, Mississippi and is a child of the civil rights movement. She is a professional actress; motivational speaker, theatre director, national museum exhibit director, tenured professor, and Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University.  Dean Stewart is a graduate of Jackson State University (B.S.).

“I’m pleased and I’m humbled because, you know, when you’re just working and giving your all, you never think about anyone noticing or wanting to say congratulations or job well done,” said Stewart

She is a New York World Festival Gold Medal Award winner for the narration of Public Radio International’s series “Remembering Slavery.”  She holds four honorary doctorates degrees and is a life member of the NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

The event will be live streamed on the White House website. To view the live event, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live onFebruary 24, at 10 a.m.
To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions. Follow the conversation at #HBCUchamps.

Allstate, Foundation Celebrate Scholars at Grambling During ‘Quotes for Education’ Presentation

 

Allstate Insurance Company and the Tom Joyner Foundation presented a check for $50,000 to Grambling State University as part of the annual Allstate Quotes for Education program, designed to help raise money for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Grambling State University, located in Grambling, LA, won the Allstate Quotes for Education fan vote for ‘school pride’ component of the program, and will receive the $50,000 donation from Allstate for student scholarships.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at the T.H. Harris Auditorium on the campus of Grambling State University. The presentation will feature appearances by Thomas Joyner, Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO, Interim Grambling State University President Dr. Cynthia Warrick, Ph.D., RPh and local Allstate agent Carlos Boston.

 

 

 

Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation to Award Scholarships to Grambling State University

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Event to Celebrate $50,000 Scholarship Award Presentation to Grambling State University as part of Quotes for Education

(DALLAS – February 18, 2015) Allstate Insurance Company and the Tom Joyner Foundation will be presenting a check for $50,000 to Grambling State University as part of the annual Allstate Quotes for Education program, designed to help raise money for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Grambling State University, located in Grambling, LA, won the Allstate Quotes for Education fan vote for ‘school pride’ component of the program, and will receive the $50,000 donation from Allstate for student scholarships.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at the T.H. Harris Auditorium on the campus of Grambling State University. The presentation will feature appearances by Thomas Joyner, Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO, Interim Grambling State University President Dr. Cynthia Warrick, Ph.D., RPh and local Allstate agent Carlos Boston.

For four years, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation have joined together to engage students, alumni and supporters of HBCUs across the country to raise scholarship funds through the Allstate Quotes for Education program. For every person who received an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent between August 1 and Nov. 30, 2014, and mentioned “Quotes for Education,” Allstate donated $10 -for a total donation of $200,000 – a record amount for the program! These funds will be donated to the Tom Joyner Foundation and earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs.

For the third year of the program, HBCU students, alumni, and supporters also had a chance to vote for the HBCU of their choice to receive an additional $50,000 donation for scholarships. This year, as announced above, Grambling State University fans showed the most ‘school pride’ by voting online for their favorite HBCU. Grambling State University supporters employed social media tools, as well as word-of-mouth networking, to successfully engage alumni, students, faculty and staff in the fan vote campaign.

The Quotes for Education program is part of Allstate’s ongoing commitment to create, support and sponsor programs that empower the African American community. Other initiatives include Allstate’s title sponsorship of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion (for the past 11 years), Allstate’s Give It Up For Good national campaign, launched in 2013, and more.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

About The Tom Joyner Foundation

The Tom Joyner Foundation’s primary mission is helping to keep students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Since 1998, the foundation, chaired by nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges, has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. 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 and distinguished male students at each ‘School of the Month’. Learn more about the foundation at http://tomjoynerfoundation.org/

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Jackson State University Freshman selected as Hercules Scholar

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[Dallas, TX – February 19th , 2015]

Student: Christian Williams

GPA : 3.8

Hometown : Memphis, Tennessee

Major/ Class: Business/ Freshman

Christian Williams , a Freshman at  Jackson State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Christian Williams is originally from Memphis, Tennessee  and currently has a 3.8 GPA. He is majoring in Business Administration at Jackson State. Currently on campus he serve as business manager for 7th Theory, an organization   that promotes positive role modeling serves as president of his dormitory, member of the Residence Hall Association, and serves as a peer tutor. Christian’s goal is to be a productive citizen and make a positive impact in the business world and his community.

He lives by the motto : “Live By Faith and Understanding” . 

Jackson State University , located in Jackson , Miss., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for February. JSU was established as Natchez Seminary in 1877 by the American Baptist Home mission Society. In November 1882, the school was moved to Jackson, Mississippi, and in March 1899, the name was changed to Jackson College. The name was then changed to Jackson State College in 1956, and on March 15,1974, the college reached university status.

Foundation, Denny’s Announce Winners of Hungry for Education Scholarship

Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Announce Winners of

2015 Hungry for Education Scholarship

 Foundation, Denny’s are partners in the Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, awarding outstanding students with $30,000 in scholarships

 DALLAS (Feb. 10, 2015) – The Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, today announced the 12 winners of the 2015 Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, a partnership between the two organizations that supports students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Students from HBCUs around the country submitted 250 to 500 word essays describing their most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger. The winners’ schools and hometowns are:

Kiana Cole, junior, Howard University, from Pine Bluff, Ark.

Ashley Griggs, junior, Delaware State University, from Wilmington, Del.

Jarrett Harper, junior, Fisk University, from Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.

Trevor Holmes, freshman, Clark Atlanta University, from Nashville, Tenn.

Teylor Isome, freshman, Dillard University, from Cincinnati, Ohio

Paige Matthews, freshman, Bennett College, from Powder Spring, Ga.

Tiffany Provost-Holloway, senior, Fayetteville State University, from Concord, N.C.

Jimmitriv Roberson, freshman, Grambling State University, from Arcadia, La.

Alexander Smith,sophomore, Langston University, from Luther, Okla.

Kadijah Templeton, junior, Wiley College, from Longview, Texas

Vester Waters, junior, Mississippi Valley State University, from Detroit, Mich.

Shanay Wise, sophomore, Paul Quinn College, from Dallas, Texas

“I’m very impressed with each of these students’ proposals,” said Thomas Joyner Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “They’ve shown that you can do really well in your classes – and find ways to give back to the community.”

April Kelly-Drummond, Denny’s director of corporate diversity and community affairs, said Denny’s remains committed to helping students succeed.

 “We’re excited to see these students sharing their ideas on how to make a difference in their communities and in other people’s lives,” she said. “At Denny’s, we are proud to be able to provide resources to help these students succeed. As winners of this year’s Hungry for Education Scholarship program, these students demonstrated their commitment to their communities and to ending childhood hunger. Thanks to the Tom Joyner Foundation, our partner of more than a decade, who has worked with us to provide scholarships to these outstanding students all of who are helping us put an end to childhood hunger.”

Each scholarship recipient shared their stories about how they have tried to make a difference. For example, Kiana Cole at Howard created the PAPERBAG20 service project where she and other students prepare bag lunches that they hand out to homeless individuals. Shanay Wise of Paul Quinn College in Dallas led a team of volunteers to make a homemade, healthy Thanksgiving dinner for a local underserved families and she helped manage a community garden to ensure the community had access to fresh vegetables. Tiffany Provost-Holloway at Fayetteville State collected gift cards for the homeless and Alexander Smith at Langston cooks and serves food for his community several times a week.

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 16-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. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guam, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.

 

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New Cyber Learning Dean at Jackson State University – February School of the Month

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[Dallas, TX – February 17th, 2015]

Jackson State University in Mississippi has announced the appointment of Robert Blaine as dean of undergraduate studies and cyber learning. Dr. Blaine has been serving as special assistant to the provost for cyber learning. He is also an associate professor of music at the university.

“I am excited,” Blaine told faculty members, in accepting the post. “There is such a wonderful, wonderful foundation here.”

Dr. Blaine has been on faculty at Jackson State University since 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana University, a master’s degree from the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. and a doctorate in musical arts from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York.tom joyner homepage slider-cropped

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Jeremy Anderson of Jackson State Recieves $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

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[Dallas, TX – February 12th , 2015]

Student: Jeremy Anderson

GPA : 3.78

Hometown : Baton, Rouge

Major/ Class: Mass Communication / Sophomore

Jeremy Anderson a Sophomore at  Jackson State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Jeremy is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and currently has a 3.78 GPA. He is majoring in Mass communication with a minor Political Science and has set his goals on working for a television station or as a radio personality in a top media market after he receives his degree at Jackson State. On campus he is a writer for the JSU Newspaper , The Blue and White Flash. He is also a member of the JSU Chapter of National Association of Black Journalist. Jeremy was also a member of the Jackson State football team. He goes on to say the most influential people in his life is his father and mother who have supported him and help him become the best person he can be. Another influential person in his life is Roland Martin, who is a journalist that has expanded his career and has major impact on the African American community through his journalism

He lives by the motto : “Love others as much as I love myself” .   Check out the video of Jeremy Anderson talking about his career goals, impact on the community and more below.

Jackson State University , located in Jackson , Miss., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for February. JSU was established as Natchez Seminary in 1877 by the American Baptist Home mission Society. In November 1882, the school was moved to Jackson, Mississippi, and in March 1899, the name was changed to Jackson College. The name was then changed to Jackson State College in 1956, and on March 15,1974, the college reached university status.

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 3.5, 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.