The Cleveland Council of Black Colleges Alumni Association Coordinates TJF Scholarships

Edited: 7/23/2014 5:29 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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The Ford African Ancestry Book Scholarship Recipients


The HBCU Reunion Weekend was held July 18-20, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio and was hosted by the Cleveland Council of Black Colleges Alumni Association. The reunion weekend  brought out more than 300 Cleveland area alumni, students, parents and supporters of HBCUs. The council capped off the weekend by hosting an Incoming HBCU Freshman picnic. During the picnic, funds donated by the Tom Joyner Foundation on behalf of the  Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Ford African Ancestry Network, supported the efforts of the HBCU Alumni weekend. The donations helped support four Cleveland area students who are headed to four of our nation’s top HBCUs. Each student received a book scholarship in the amount of $566.25 which will be sent to the university for each student.  

The Ford African Ancestry Book Scholarship Recipients are: (L to R)

John Franklin – Incoming Freshman at Morehouse College

Tanaja Kidd – Incoming Freshman at Clark Atlanta University

Alexis Short – Incoming Freshman at  Tennessee State University

Syndey Taylor – Incoming Freshman at Bethune-Cookman University

The Cleveland Council of Black Colleges Alumni Association is a consortium of local (Greater Cleveland, OH area) alumni and supporters of the public and private Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Their Purpose:

1. Provide student recruitment for member institutions,
2. Promote the advocacy and awareness of HBCUs in our community, and
3. Support the alumni development of the local chapter, and regional/national affiliates.

Want more information on the Cleveland Council of Black Colleges Alumni Association ? Click here.


Central State University Football Program Receives a $10,000 Donation

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Troy L. Garner, pastor at Fellowship of Faith Church in Huntsville, Ala. has donated $10,000 to the Central State University Marauders Football program.

“We love and believe in Coach Pearl, and we want to sow into Coach Pearl and the Central State University Football Program because we want him to be successful.  There is an old biblical principle that says, “You can’t beat God’s giving.  The more you give the more he gives back to you. God sends blessings to whom he can send blessings through.”

Coach Cedric Pearl, head football coach for the Central State University Marauders football team said, “We would like to thank Pastor Troy and the Fellowship of Faith Baptist Church.  The funds will be used to enhance the team locker room and to purchase new equipment.”

Before coming to Central State, Coach Pearl served as interim head football coach, the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs in Huntsville, Ala.  Coach Peal has also worked with his Alma mater, the Tuskegee University Tigers, at the onset of his career.

Coach Pearl received his undergraduate degree in social work and his graduate degree in counseling and student development from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala.

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FAMU Professors Awarded 100K by the National Science Foundation Grant

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Materials Research to fund a project entitled “EAGER: Magnetic Interrogation of Mesoscale Materials.”

EAGER is a materials research program that brings together the disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. The grant dollars will fund a pilot program housed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the world’s highest-powered magnet laboratory, which is located in Tallahassee.

“This will be the beginning of a great research collaboration between FAMU and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and will have a huge impact on the research capacity of FAMU,” said physics professor Mogus Mochena, Ph.D, the project’s principal investigator.

The grant proposal was a collaborative effort between Mochena, chemistry professor Nelly Mateeva, Ph.D., and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering professor Subramanian Ramakrishnan, Ph.D. The project will also enlist the research talents of additional faculty members from FAMU’s Departments of Physics and Chemistry, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and faculty members from Florida State University’s Departments of Physics and Chemistry.

What the Research will Focus On?

According to Dr. Mochena, the research will focus on multiple components, including sustainable energy production systems that take advantage of water splitting. Water splitting is the separation of water into oxygen and hydrogen with the intent of extracting hydrogen. Hydrogen is a clean source of energy and is the basis for what is known as the hydrogen economy, a system of delivering or storing energy using hydrogen. Researchers will study magnetic molecules as facilitators to speed up the releasing of oxygen during the splitting process.

Successful completion of the program will provide FAMU researchers with opportunities to acquire millions of dollars in additional grant funding from the NSF Partnership for Research and Education in Materials, as well as further the university’s continued efforts to help strengthen the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce.

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Four Edward Waters Teams Named “NAIA Scholar Teams”

Updated: 7/18/2014 12:02 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Edward Waters College (EWC) Athletic Department is pleased to report that four of the institution’s athletic programs earned the distinction of “NAIA Scholar Teams” for the 2013-14 academic year. Every school year the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) offers the academic award based on a team’s grade point average rather than individual classroom performance.

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team’s grade-point average includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible.

Earning the honor this year are EWC’s baseball, volleyball, women’s track and field, and women’s cross country teams.

  • Women’s Cross-Country, 3.28 GPA
  • Women’s Track and Field,  3.17 GPA
  • Women’s Volleyball, 3.11 GPA
  • Baseball, 3.06 GPA

A third of the students that attend Edward Waters College also play for an athletic team. They must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible to participate. Every Edward Waters College student-athlete will begin their journey once again to qualify for NAIA individual and team awards when fall classes start August 19, 2014.

Want to know more about Edward Waters College? Check out a video of the Edward Waters College Story. If you’d like to make a donation to support Edward Waters, click here


Wiley College Voted Best HBCU Choir


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Tom Joyner Foundation Weekly Poll

Congratulations to the Wiley College 100 Voice A Cappella choir. We challenged the Tom Joyner Foundation supporters to vote on the best HBCU Choir in our weekly poll question. The poll drew in more than 120, 000 thousand voters who support these individual institutions.  The Wiley College A Cappella is one of the best collegiate choirs in the United States.  They have performed twice at the White House for a special concert for President Obama and his family. Recently, they just returned from a trip to Japan where twenty members of the Wiley’s 100-voice A Cappella choir traveled to Japan to join the  2014 International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU) Conference.

Wiley College is a four-year, private, historically black, liberal arts college located on the west side of Marshall, Texas. Founded in 1873 by the Methodist Episcopal Church’s Bishop Isaac Wiley and certified in 1882 by the Freedman’s Aid Society, it is noted as one of the oldest predominantly black colleges west of the Mississippi River. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the UNCF.

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Ernest Smith of Huston-Tillotson University Named Tom Joyner Foundation ” Hercules Scholar “

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Ernest Smith, Huston – Tillotson

(Dallas – July 17) Ernest Smith, a sophomore, sociology  major from Fort Worth, Tex., has been named this week’s Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar”.

Ernest wants to become a  counselor to assist  troubled teens and help them become productive citizens.

At HT, Ernest is a member of the Ram’s Track team and he also serves as a peer tutor.

Huston-Tillotson University, in Austin, Tex., is the Foundation’s School of the Month for July which is part of its on-going effort to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities. 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.

 Click here to support scholars like Ernest. 

2014 HBCU Media Summit

Dallas, TX


HBCU Digest, an online publication devoted to cover news about black colleges, hosted the HBCU Media Summit in New Orleans ,the Birthplace of Jazz .

The two-day event, on Dillard University’s campus, featured a wide range of speakers who offered participants tips, strategies and advice on how best to use digital media, particularly social media to better communicate with students, alumni and HBCU supporters. Attendees also learned ways to develop relationships with other leaders of local and national media, and establish mutual expectations between reporters and institutions. 

Speakers included Dr. Yuri Milligan of Hampton University, Crystal deGregory, founder of HBCU Story Inc., and  Dillard’s president,  Dr. Walter Kimbrough, who is also known as the “Hip Hop Prez” and Roland Martin, host of NewsOneNow, on the TVOne Network.

The HBCU Media Summit concluded with the 4th Annual awards ceremony that crowned  Hampton University as the  ‘HBCU of the Year’ and several other awards were presented to students, faculty, sports programs and academic programs on different HBCU campuses.

*Search the hashtag #HBCUMediaWeek to see what attendees were talking about on social media*

First African American Woman Gold Medalist, Alice Coachman Passes Away


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The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, has died in the US at the age of 90.

Born in Albany, Georgia, on November 9, 1923, Alice Coachman made history at the 1948 Olympics in London when jumped to a record-breaking height of 5 feet, 6 and 1/8 inches in the high jump finals to become the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. According to Olympic historian David Wallechinsky, Coachman was honored with a 175-mile motorcade in Georgia when she returned from London. However, the black and white audiences were segregated at her official ceremony in Albany.

Coachman’s athletic achievements occurred before the civil rights era, which meant she was not allowed in public sports facilities because of her race. In her early years, Coachman caught the attention of the athletic department at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. Tuskegee then offered the 16-year-old Coachman a scholarship in 1939. There she blossomed as a track and field athlete. Alice Coachman received her degree from Tuskegee Institute in 1946 and enrolled in Albany State University.

Davis also made history as the first black woman to get an endorsement deal when she signed with Coca-Cola in 1952. She was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1975 and the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004. Her legacy was recognized at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta when she was honored as one of the 100 greatest Olympians in history.


AT&T Support Allows Expansion of UVI’s Summer Bridge Program

Updated: 7/14/2014 4:56 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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DATE: July 11, 2014

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AT&T Regional Vice President for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Ray Flores presents a check for $30,000 to help expand UVI’s Summer Bridge Program during a visit with some of the program’s students on July 9. Shown with Flores are, from left, program instructor Prof. Linda Wymer, AT&T USVI Area Retail Sales Manager Catherine Kling – who earned an Associate Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from UVI in 1999, Flores, Interim Director of UVI’s Center for Student Success Maria Fleming, and Summer Bridge St. Thomas Campus Coordinator Jennifer Palmer Crawford. Earlier Flores shared the story of his personal struggle to achieve an education. “Never give up,” he told the students. “Don’t leave school. Make the USVI proud of you.”

AT&T has awarded the University of the Virgin Islands a grant of $30,000 in support of the University’s 2014 Summer Bridge Program. Summer Bridge is a free, five-week, residential program offered on UVI’s campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix. It is designed to strengthen the critical reading, writing and math skills of participating students with intensive classroom work, while improving their chances for success in college. It is open to students who have graduated from high school and are planning to enter UVI in the fall.

Summer Bridge officially started on Saturday, June 21, with a joint opening ceremony videoconferenced between St. Thomas and St. Croix. Following that, individual familiarization sessions were held for the parents of the students who are now living in UVI residence halls. Classes began on Monday, June 23.

“We are grateful to have received this funding from AT&T,” said Maria Fleming, interim director of UVI’s Center for Student Success, which oversees the program. “This generous donation has made it possible for us to accept an additional 10 students into this year’s program. Since the Summer Bridge Program helps give these students a jump start into their college careers at the University of the Virgin Islands, without having to take any remedial courses, the students are more likely to complete their programs in a timely manner.”

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Tom Joyner to Keynote at TSU National Alumni Convention in Dallas,TX


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Tom Joyner to Keynote Lifetime Member Luncheon at TSU National Alumni Convention in Dallas, TX 

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Affectionately called the drum major for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) Tom Joyner has been asked to keynote the Lifetime Members Luncheon at the Texas Southern University National Alumni Convention in Dallas. “Unleashing Our Tiger Pride,” is the theme for 2014 National Convention, scheduled for July 31 – August 3, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The TSU National Alumni Convention is held annually to focus on informing alumni, partners, and TSU supporters about the innovative academic programs and projects that the University is engaged in and empowering alumni and supporters to give back. The three-day event is filled with workshops and activities that were created to re-ignite, renew, and re-energize the TSU Tiger Spirit and remind alumni of our commitment to the future of our University.

“The alumni love Texas Southern University, make no mistake about that,” says Julia Askew, current TSUNAA president. “This event gives us a chance to talk about increased support for the university whether that support comes in the form of volunteerism, tutoring, mentoring or financial assistance. We want our love for the university to resonate into whatever help the university needs.”

Highlights of the convention include: the TSUNAA Golf Tournament, Welcome Reception, Casino Night, Lifetime Members Luncheon, Excellence in Achievement Awards Banquet, Community Service Project, NFL Hall of Fame Watch Party for alumnus Michael Strahan, TSU Throwback Yard Party, Prayer Breakfast, along with seminars for pharmacists and law school graduates, plus breakout sessions that will enlighten and educate all alumni. Radio personality Tom Joyner will be the keynote speaker for the Lifetime Members Luncheon and former TSU drum major Rev. Reginald “Action” Thompson will be the keynote speaker for the Excellence In Achievement Awards Banquet.

“As hosts, the Dallas Chapter is looking forward to TSU Tiger Nation coming to Dallas,” said Bernard Clark, president of the TSUNAA Dallas Chapter. “We plan to make your experience here in Dallas one to remember. We have one of the best venues in Dallas for the convention at an affordable rate, plus the entertainment we have planned is exceptional.”

“I invite all alumni to attend the 2014 TSU National Alumni Convention in Dallas,” said Connie Cochran, TSU’s executive director of Alumni Relations. “This is your chance to meet national officers of TSUNAA, members of the University administration, and fellowship with TSU Tigers from across the country. It is vital ALL alumni become involved and play a role in the future of the University and the National Alumni Association. As a proud alumna of Texas Southern University, and a Life Member of the Alumni Association I encourage alumni to reconnect with fellow classmates and the University.  As alumni it is not only our responsibility, but our duty to give back. Our accomplishments and potential for excellence are rooted in those who work tirelessly to make TSU great. Make your commitment NOW to become involved. I sincerely look forward to seeing everyone in Dallas.”

A weekend full of exciting activities have been scheduled:

  * Golf Tournament

 * Welcome Reception

*Casino Night

* Lifetime Members Luncheon

featuring Tom Joyner as

the Keynote Speaker

* Breakout Sessions

* Continuing Education for Law and Pharmacy

* Excellence in Achievement Awards Gala

* NFL Hall of Fame Watch Party

for TSU’s own Michael Strahan

* Throwback TSU Yard Party

* Prayer Breakfast

For more information regarding the convention, please send inquires to:

For information regarding the conference, please contact Connie Cochran at 713-313-7606.

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