Zachary Brown, Future Agriculture Professor Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

[Dallas, TX – November 20th, 2014]

#WeAreSouthern

Student: Zachary Brown

Hometown : Missouri City, TX

Major/ Class: Animal Science, Senior

Zachary Brown, a Senior at  Southern University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Zachary is originally from Missouri City , Texas and currently has a 3.75 GPA. He is majoring in Animal Science and is working towards his career goal is to become a Professor at Southern University in the College of Agriculture  . After completing college he wants to continue his education and get his Masters in Agriculture Education at Texas A&M. If you attended the 2013 SWAC Championship, you might have seen Zachary Brown helping lead the Jaguary Nation to a SWAC Title. Zachary Brown is not only a member of the Southern Univeristy Football Team but he has been on the Dean’s list since arriving at Southern University in 2011.

His other  activities consist of  being a Counselor of the  Southern University B.A.Y.O.U.  and  Food and Agriculture Leadership Academy.  The most influential person to him,  is his Mother and she has been the rock in his life

He lives by the motto : “”Commitment Discipline Effort Toughness and Pride ” a motto that defending SWAC Champions Southern University chant before each practice.

More About Southern University

SU began in New Orleans in 1880 and moved to Baton Rouge in 1914. SU is the  largest of the five-campus Southern University System and the only historically black university system in the U.S. The acting chancellor of SU is Mr. Flandus McClinton, Jr. who is an alumnus of SU where he received his B.S. degree in accounting in 1971.

Southern University (SU), located in Baton Rouge, La., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for November. Click here to make a donation to support Southern University.

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.

Video Courtesy of : SU_Student Affairs

FAMU is Giving Back at a Record Pace Under New President

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[Dallas, TX – November 13th, 2014]

Florida A&M University was the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month in January 2014 [Click Here] to continue to support FAMU and its scholars.

FAMU Giving At Record Pace Under New President’s Leadership

Since April 2014, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., has spent countless hours traveling the country to raise the University’s profile.  Her efforts have shown a sizeable return on investment as giving during the first five months of the current fiscal year is at a record pace. Since June of this year, FAMU has received more than $3 million in cash donations as compared to $1.1 million for the same period last year. In addition, nearly $4 million in pledges has been made to the University, bringing the total amount of donations through November to almost $7 million. “As I travel the nation, I have been overwhelmed by the positive response that I have received and by the high esteem to which people hold the University” .

“People are beginning to see how important giving is to the lifeblood of the institution and that their contributions, no matter how small, can help the University to achieve its mission,” Mangum added.

FAMU Marching 100 has a New Band Director for the last home football game [WATCH]

$2 Million Lottery Winner to Fund Scholarship at Shaw University

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{Dallas, TX – November 18th, 2014}

A longtime worker at Shaw University is using her $2 million lottery prize to fund a scholarship and help with her grandchildren’s education. Marilyn Fields has family ties to Shaw University . Her husband Charlie, and their son Brandon, are both graduates. Her daughter Nina attended the school also. Marilyn Fields created the Richardson Johnson Fields Endowed Scholarship in September, and plans to complete her giving to fulfill the $25,000 endowment requirement with some of her lottery winnings.

Marilyn Fields says she also wants to encourage alumni of the HBCU to give back to Shaw Though it was the first black university in the South – opened in 1865 – only 8 percent of its 10,000 graduates were regular donors prior to the 2012 academic year. A campaign to increase alumni support brought the number up to 32 percent, and the university is hoping to raise it to 46 percent.

Shaw University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the first historically black institution of higher education in the South and among the oldest in the nation. For almost 150 years, Shaw University has produced outstanding professionals who have contributed to the advancement of society. Shaw was a co-founding member of the NCAA Division II’s Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference, the oldest African American athletic association in the U.S.

Hampton University President Receives 2014 TMCF Educational Leadership Award

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Dr. Harvey

[Dallas, TX – November 18th, 2014]

Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey was awarded the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) 2014 Educational Leadership Award.

The award was presented at TMCF 26th Annual Awards Gala, themed “Developing Minds…Delivering Dreams.” This event was  held in Washington, D.C. on  November 12, 2014. The Educational Leadership Awardis the highest volunteer award presented to an individual who has a demonstrated record of commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and education. The Education Leadership Award is presented annually to a president of an HBCU who has demonstrated outstanding business, academic and visionary leadership through effective management of his or her institution. Throughout his career as President of Hampton University, Harvey has demonstrated a strong commitment to the professional development of others. Fifteen of his administrative colleagues have been elected president and CEO at diverse institutions.

Read more about President Dr. Harvey [Click Here]

Foundation & Alabama State Alumni to Host Mimosas, Fish & Grits

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The Tom Joyner Foundation and the Montgomery Chapter of the Alabama State University National Alumni Association, Inc. will be hosting a “Mimosas, Fish & Grits” fundraiser at 10 p.m. Friday, November 21st.

This will take place after the Chaka Khan Concert.

The 2014 homecoming celebration event will take place at Odessa’s Blessings, 726 Forest Avenue, Montgomery, Ala.

A minimum donation of $20 is expected.

ASU Mimosas, Fish and Grits

 

Tom Joyner Foundation Awards Southern University Scholar $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

 

[Dallas, TX – November 13, 2014]

#WeAreSouthern

Student: Erik Angel

Hometown : Monroe , LA

Major/ Class: Nursing , Junior

Erik Angel, a Junior at  Southern University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Erik is originally from Monroe, Louisiana and currently has a 3.746 GPA. He is majoring in Nursing and is working towards his career goal is to become a Nurse Anesthetist to follow in his mothers foot steps.  After completing college he wants to return to his hometown and become a Registered Nurse. At Southern University  his activities consist of  being a member of the Student Government Association, Southern University Honors College, and the Southern Regional Honors Council.  The most influential person to him,  is his Mother. He is encouraged by her hard work and her ability to overcome obstacles to be successful.

He lives by the motto : “Carpe Diem” 

More About Southern University

SU began in New Orleans in 1880 and moved to Baton Rouge in 1914. SU is the  largest of the five-campus Southern University System and the only historically black university system in the U.S. The acting chancellor of SU is Mr. Flandus McClinton, Jr. who is an alumnus of SU where he received his B.S. degree in accounting in 1971.

Southern University (SU), located in Baton Rouge, La., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for November. Click here to make a donation to support Southern University.

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.

Morgan State University Announces the Finalists for the Position of Provost

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[Dallas, TX – November 10th, 2014]

Morgan State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore, Maryland, has announced the names of four finalists to become the university’s first provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. The candidates have all visited campus in recent days for interviews and public presentations. Three of the four finalists are African American.

Gloria J. Gibson is a professor of communications studies at the University of Northern Iowa. She served as executive vice president and provost at the university until June of this year. Before joining the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, Dr. Gibson was a professor and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Arkansas State University. Steve O. Michael was vice provost and professor of education at Kent State University in Ohio. Dr. Michael holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Amadu Bello University in Nigeria. He earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Alberta in Canada. Donald B. Pope-Davis is a professor of clinical psychology at DePaul University in Chicago and served as provost during the 2013-14 academic year. Professor Pope-Davis is the co-author of three books: Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Assessment, Education and Training, and Supervision (Sage, 1996), The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender: Implications for Multicultural Counseling (Sage, 2001) and Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology (Sage, 2003).

Read More on the Morgan State Finalist [Click Here]

Denny’s Corporation and Tom Joyner Foundation to Donate $25,000 in Scholarships to Students at Wilberforce University

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As part of an on-going partnership with the Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), the Tom Joyner Foundation is donating $25,000 in scholarships to students with outstanding balances at Wilberforce University in Ohio.

The scholarship support is designated for Wilberforce University students who where were unable to return and complete their education due to financial short falls from Spring 2013 and prior. Wilberforce, based in Wilberforce, Ohio, is an Historically Black College and University, founded in 1856.

“These scholarships are a perfect example of our Foundation’s mission,” said Thomas E. Joyner, Jr., President and CEO, of the Foundation. “We help keep students complete their education at HBCUs so they can fulfill their dreams.”

John Miller, president and CEO of the Denny’s Corporation, is vice chair of the Wilberforce Board of Trustees.

“Our long-time partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation is a natural extension of our ongoing work with HBCU schools to celebrate the importance of education and help deserving sWilberforceLogo 200x76 Denny’s Corporation and Tom Joyner Foundation to Donate $25,000 in Scholarships to Students at Wilberforce University tudents succeed on every level,” said John Miller, Denny’s president and chief executive officer. “Part of my role as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wilberforce University is to help support the development of students through a variety of scholarships and education initiatives that ensures their experience at Wilberforce is both inspiring and rewarding.”

The Foundation and Denny’s have partnered on numerous projects over the years, including the Hungry for Education Scholarship, where 12 students from HBCUs are eligible to each win a $2,500 scholarship for their interest in helping combat hunger.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, director, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation, 214.448.3765, neil.foote@tomjoynerfoundation.org.

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 17-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

Denny’s is the franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, based on number of restaurants. Denny’s currently has almost 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world with combined sales of $2.5 billion including 100 restaurants in Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Chile, El Salvador and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit www.dennys.com and www.dennysdiversity.com.
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Kyle Snedecor of Southern University Named Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar”

[Dallas, TX – November 5th, 2014]

#WeAreSouthern

Student: Kyle Snedecor

Hometown : Ann Arbor, Michigan

Major/ Class: Finance  – Senior

Kyle Snedecor, a Senior at  Southern University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Kyle is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and currently has a 3.5GPA. He is majoring in Finance and is working towards his career goal is to become a Financial Advisor. But before that Kyle would like to get his MBA at another HBCU. Kyle is a standout in the community and on the campus of Southern University . His activities consist of  being a member of the Pi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity, Member of the Economics and Finance Club, he is also a Gala on the Bluff Student Intern.  The most influential person to him,  is his late Grandmother, who he says is “ the most kind spirited person he knows and always encouraging“.

He lives by the motto : “Pain may Last but it will Subside” . 

More About Southern University

SU began in New Orleans in 1880 and moved to Baton Rouge in 1914. SU is the  largest of the five-campus Southern University System and the only historically black university system in the U.S. The acting chancellor of SU is Mr. Flandus McClinton, Jr. who is an alumnus of SU where he received his B.S. degree in accounting in 1971.

Southern University (SU), located in Baton Rouge, La., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for November. Click here to make a donation to support Southern University.

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.

ASU’s President, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd Chosen As Keynote Speaker For 2015 King Holiday Service

Photograph Dr. Boyd ASUs President, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd Chosen As Keynote Speaker For 2015 King Holiday Service

 

Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King announces that Alabama State University’s newly appointed president will be the  keynote speaker At The 47th Annual Martin Luther King Jr.commemorative service on January 19, 2015.

This special event will take place at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and will celebrate Dr. King’s 86th birthday anniversary & the 30th observance of the King holiday. Dr. Boyd’s selection as keynote speaker magnifies the connection between Dr. King & Alabama State University. Dr.King studied and prepared for his dissertation requirements for his Ph.D at Boston University in ASU’s library. Dr. King was also provided a safe haven on the campus of ASU when the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church was bombed during the Montgomery bus boycott. Dr. Kings daughter Bernice King spoke elaborating on Dr. Boyd’s address saying “Beyond the historical linkage, however, Dr. Boyd is also an engaging speaker with oratorical abilities that are surpassed only by her passion for social justice and equality.” Many consider Alabama the home of the Civil Rights Movement, other program participants include state elected officials, social change advocates, community leaders and members of the faith community. The program will be televised locally in Atlanta by Fox 5.

 

Alabama State University was the Tom Joyner Foundation’s October school of the month. Although their month has passed, it’s never too late to make a donation and support ASU. If you would like to make a donation to Alabama State University’s school of the month campaign Click Here.