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

Freshman and Future Television Host at WSSU , Receives $1,500 Scholarship

 

Tom Joyner Scholarship Recipient Jerel Smith

[Dallas, TX – March 12th, 2015]

Student: Je’Rel T. Smith

GPA : 3.7

Hometown : Lexington, NC

Major/ Class: Mass Communication – Public Relations / Freshman

Je’Rel T. Smith ,a Freshman at Winston Salem State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Je’Rel T. Smith is originally from Lexington, North Carolina and currently has a 3.7 GPA. He is majoring in Mass Communications at Winston Salem State University. His future goal after earning his degree at  Winston Salem , he wants to pursue his goal of becoming a television host for a show that uplifts the African American community  and also start a non profit organization that concentrates on young minority men. Je’Rel is also a member of the Renaissance Men, Black Men for Change and the Freshman Class PR. He also mentions that the most influential person in his life is Hip Hop Mogul Jay- Z , who not only known for his music, but for his business endeavors.

He lives by the motto : “I have to stay true to whatever I am feeling at the time, whatever direction I am heading in and hopefully, everyone follows”. #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.

President Obama Responds to Dilemma at #SCSU and with HBCUs


[Dallas,TX – March 6th, 2015]
Today, President Obama spoke with young leaders about how they are working to expand opportunity in their own communities, and discuss how we can work together to ensure that young people have the tools they need to compete in a global economy and that all Americans benefit from our economic resurgence. The President traveled to Columbia, South Carolina to the campus of Benedict College to speak with students. During the discussion a woman got up to ask her question to the President and take a listen below to hear how Obama responds about HBCU’s and  SCSU.

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First Hercules Scholar from Winston Salem – Future United States Air Force Officer

Tom Joyner Scholarship Recipient Tristen Johnson

[Dallas, TX – March 5th, 2015]

Student: Tristen Johnson

GPA : 3.6

Hometown : Charlotte, NC

Major/ Class: Economics – Finance / Junior

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

Tristen Johnson is originally from Charlotte North Carolina and currently has a 3.6 GPA. He is majoring in Economics at Winston Salem State University. His future goal after earning his degree at  Winston Salem , he wants to join the United State Air Force and also get his Masters in Economics. Tristen is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and he is also a Chancellor Scholar.  He is also a member of the Mister Honors Program at WSSU.  He also mentions that the most influential people in his life are his parents and grandparents. They have instilled in him that there is no obstacle to big to overcome.

He lives by the motto : “Things happen ; However, if it doesn’t kill you, keep moving”. #WSSULove

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.

 

Louisiana HBCU Among Leaders in African American STEM Graduates Earning a Ph.D

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[Dallas, TX – March 1st, 2015]

There is more great news from our HBCU’s in Louisiana.  It was announced that Xavier University Among Leaders in African American STEM Graduates Earning Ph.D.s.  A 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) report, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering shows that Xavier University of Louisiana now ranks third in the nation in graduating African Americans who go on to obtain Ph.D.s in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

The report, released in January by NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic, indicated that during the covered period of 2008-2012 Xavier had 72 of its graduates earn doctorates in science and engineering. That placed it third behind only Howard University and Spelman College, with 106 and 86 graduates respectively.

“This report represents another testament to the rigorous academic environment at Xavier, which prepares undergraduates to perform at the highest levels and instills in them a never-ending desire to learn and grow in their chosen fields and professions,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis.

According to the report, a total of 6,254 African Americans earned Ph.D.s in those fields during that same period, with the top 51 colleges and universities producing more than 28 percent of those graduates.

The full report is available at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2015/nsf15311/nsf15311.pd

Xavier University Louisana will be the Tom Joyner Foundation June School of the Month. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Give Love Xavier Day.

 

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.