Civil Rights Leader, Congressman John Lewis to deliver 2015 Hampton University Commencement Address


US Congressman and Civil Rights activist John Lewis is set to serve as the 145th commencement speaker at Hampton University this spring.

The son of sharecroppers, Lewis was born in Troy, Alabama. Coined as one of the “Big Six” of the Civil Rights era, as a young boy Lewis was inspired by the events that led up to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, it was then that he decided to join the fight for Civil Rights for African Americans and has been fighting ever since.

A keynote speaker at the historic “March On Washington” Lewis, whose character was portrayed in the film “Selma” served as the chairman of the Student NonViolent Coordinating Committee from 1963 -1966. He was elected into Congress in November of 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District for the last 29 years. Well versed on the subject of diligence and the HBCU experience, he received his bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Fisk University. His legacy is evident, as he has been awarded more than 50 honorary degrees from prestigious colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Hampton University’s 145th Commencement will take place on May 10,2015 at Armstrong Stadium at 10 a.m.


D’ Angelo Simmons SC State Sophomore Receives Hercules Scholarship


D'Angelo Simmons

Student: D’ Angelo Simmons 

GPA : 4.0

Hometown : Orangeburg, SC

Major/ Class: Nuclear Engineering / Sophomore

D’Angelo Simmons is the Tom Joyner Foundation’s Hercules Scholar of the week.

This honor student and future nuclear engineer has a 4.0 GPA and plans to make a difference in the world nuclear science.

At S.C. State, D’Angelo is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, President of the Future Farmers of America, Secretary of Health Occupation Students of America, and serves as a peer tutor for math a science fellow students.

Cordell Brown , SC State Freshman Receives Hercules Scholarship


Cordell Brown

[Dallas, TX – April 9th, 2015]

Student: Cordell Brown

GPA : 3.50

Hometown : Myrtle Beach, SC

Major/ Class: Biology/ Freshman

Cordell, a Freshman at South Carolina State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Brown is originally from Myrtle Beach,  South Carolina and currently has a 3.50 GPA. He is majoring in Biology  at South Carolina State University. He is a member of the Honors College at SCState. After earning his Bachelors  he wants to attend Graduate school and then pursue is Doctorate degree in Orthopedics.  On the campus of South Carolina State, he volunteers with the football team, Honors College, and Felton Laboratory School.  He mentions that the most influential people to his life is his father .

He lives by the motto “Treat others the way you wanted to be treated ” #SCStateLegacy

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.


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 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

S.C. State School of Business Maintains Prestigious Accreditation

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{Dallas, TX – April 6th }

The School of Business at South Carolina State University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs. Today, there are 727 business schools in 48 countries and territories that maintain AACSB accreditation.

“Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.

South Carolina State is one of 11 schools in South Carolina and the only Historically Black University in the state to attain this prestigious accreditation. The School of Business was initially accredited in 2001. Programs accredited include five undergraduate programs in accounting, agribusiness, business economics, management and marketing and an MBA program with tracks in a general MBA, entrepreneurship and agribusiness.

“The School of Business maintains our flagship programs. We are very proud of the accomplishments of the faculty, students and staff in the School of Business,” said Dr. W. Franklin Evans, acting president.

Visit the South Carolina State University School of Business for more information, or to learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of its website.



Health and Physical Education Major Receives First Hercules Scholars from #SCSTATE


[Dallas, TX – April 2nd, 2015]

Student: Antonio Hamilton

GPA : 3.52

Hometown : Johnston, SC

Major/ Class: Physical Education/ Junior

Antonio, a Junior at South Carolina State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Hamilton  is originally from Johnston, South Carolina and currently has a 3.5 GPA. He is majoring in Health and Physical Education at South Carolina State University. After earning his degree at  SCState , he wants to pursue his goal of getting into the National Football League.  Antonio is a member of the South Carolina State football team and has proven to be an asset to the Mighty Bulldogs. He has achieved a full football scholarship and accolades from his on the field performance with includes a  FCS First Place Team All- American at return Specialist and many more. On the campus of South Carolina State, he is also involved in Health and Physical Education Major Society . He mentions that the most influential people to his life is his siblings and parents who push him to represent for the Hamilton Family.

He lives by the scripture Philippians 3:14: “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me ” #SCStateLegacy

South Carolina State University Foundation named School of the Month partner

The Tom Joyner Foundation is partnering with the South Carolina State University Foundation (SCSU-F), to help raise funds to support scholars attending South Carolina State.

As a partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, the SCSU-F 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.

SCSU-F is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized solely to promote the welfare and future development of South Carolina State University. The university’s vision is to become a top-tier public university focused on academics, research, public service and student life. This vision is made possible by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business and community leaders.

Since 1896, SC State has played a key role in educating African-Americans in the state of South Carolina and the nation. The institution is the state’s only public, historically black college and university. There are several programs unique to the university such as a Doctor of Education degree, which is the only degree in the state with a concentration in educational administration. The University also offers the only Bachelor of Science program in nuclear engineering in South Carolina and at an HBCU, as well as the only Master of Science degree in transportation and the only Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in agribusiness in South Carolina.

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.; August – Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; September –Prairie View A&M Foundation, Prairie View, Tex.; October – Tennessee State University Foundation, Nashville, Tenn.; November – Alabama A&M University Foundation, Huntsville, Ala.

About the South Carolina State University Foundation

Established in 1971, the Foundation was formed by a group of prominent citizens of the state of South Carolina. Their purpose, was “To build an Educational Fund to be expended by the directors in cooperation with South Carolina State University for the exclusive benefit of South Carolina State University.” With the support of SC State alumni, family and friends, the Foundation has contributed to the future of the University.

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Spelman College Announces 10th President

Spelman President

Dallas , TX – March 30th, 2015

Spelman College Board of Trustees has unanimously elected Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell as the 10th president of Spelman College.

Over the weekend Spelman College added a new chapter to its remarkable legacy as an HBCU after announcing its 10th President. Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell has been a leader in education, the arts and the public sector for nearly 40 years . A graduate of Swarthmore College, Dr. Campbell has a master’s of science degree in art history and a doctorate in humanities from Syracuse University. She is an accomplished scholar and a leader in both the public and non-profit sectors. Throughout her career, Dr. Campbell has been a driver of innovation with a particular commitment to organizations. The next phase of Spelman’s growth calls for a visionary with a solid administrative track record to further elevate Spelman’s leadership on issues of critical importance to our nation.

She is not only a spectacular woman professionally but her personally life is family and HBCU driven.  Dr. Campbell’s father graduated from Cheyney University and went on to serve as president of its council of trustees. She is the mother of three sons, one of whom serves as provost at Morehouse College and who is married to a Spelman alumna.  She has been married for 47 years to Dr. George Campbell, Jr., president emeritus of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Dr. Campbell’s appointment is effective August 1, 2015 and will be following  Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s 13 years of dedication and service to Spelman College. 

Read about the Tom Joyner Foundation Partnership with National Alumnae of Spelman College  Click here { }

Pastor in North Carolina Named Hercules Scholarship Recipient

Tom Joyner Scholarship Recipient Dayhige Wright

[Dallas, TX – March 26th, 2015]

Student: Dayhige Wright

GPA : 3.7

Hometown : Rocky Mount, SC

Major/ Class: Mass Communication/ Sophomore

Dayhige,a Sophomore at Winston Salem State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Wright is originally from Rocky Mount, South Carolina and currently has a 3.7 GPA. He is majoring in Mass Communication at Winston Salem State University. After earning his degree at  Winston Salem , he wants to pursue his goal of getting his Masters in Divinity from Shaw University. Dayhige is the Pastor of Living Water Baptist Church and the Associate Pastor of New Light Baptist Church in Greensboro,NC . On the campus of Winston Salem he involved with the Renaissance Program at WSSU . He also mentions that the most influential people to his life is his late grandmother and his God- father. Dayhige says that both were vital in his spiritual growth and has helped him reach the goals he has set for his life.

He lives by the scripture Philippians 3:14 “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me ”  #WSSULove #RaisetheRoofRams


Sophomore Kalon Anthony Named This Weeks Hercules Scholar from Winston Salem

Tom Joyner Scholarship Recipient Kalon Anthony


[Dallas, TX – March 19th, 2015]

Student: Kalon T.J. Anthony

GPA : 3.73

Hometown : Riverdale, Georgia

Major/ Class: Education / Sophomore

Kalon Anthony ,a Sophomore at Winston Salem State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Kalon is originally from Riverdale, Georgia and currently has a 3.73 GPA. He is majoring in Education at Winston Salem State University. His future goal after earning his degree at  Winston Salem , he wants to pursue his goal of becoming a teacher or a preacher and be a positive role model in the community.  At WSSU he is  a Eagle Brother of the Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity Inc. and apart of Winston Salem’s M.I.M.E a organization on campus that minister through mimes to gospel music performed throughout the community . He also mentions that the most influential people to his life is his father and grandfather. Kalon says that both have helped him become the young man he is now and also looks to for inspiration as he carries his family legacy.

He lives by the scripture 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new . #WSSULove #RaisetheRoofRams

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

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