Melvin Boggard a 4.0 Student Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

[Dallas, TX – May 28th, 2015]

Student:Melvin Bogard

GPA :4.0

Hometown : Washington, D.C

Major/ Class: Journalism Communications / Junior

Melvin, a Junior at the University of the District of Columbia  was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Bogard is originally from New Orleans Louisiana  and he currently holds a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in Human Development  at the University of the District of Columbia. After earning his degree at  UDC , he plans to have a career in Public Affairs to build awarness to low-income and disenfranchised citizens  In the community Melvin volunteers with an organization called Some Others Might Eat ( S.O.M.E)

The most influential person in Melvin’s life is his mother. He mentions that his mother instilled in to work hard and believe in God and the world could be his

He lives by the quote “When people tell you know use it to propel to achieve success”   #UDC #UDC1851

Future First Grade Teacher Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

[Dallas, TX – May 21st, 2015]

Student: Joseph Baggett

GPA :4.0

Hometown : New Orleans, Louisiana

Major/ Class: Human Development / Senior

Joseph,a senior at the University of the District of Columbia  was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Baggett is originally from New Orleans Louisiana  and he currently holds a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in Human Development  at the University of the District of Columbia. After earning his degree at  UDC , he plans to get his Masters in Elementary Education and  give back to the community by becoming an educator with low income schools with at risk students.  In the community Joseph is also the Founder and President of a nonprofit called Information Uplink. This organization provides young men ages 12-18 with skills they need to succeed in life.

The most influential person in Joseph’s life is his father. He mentions that his father taught him by leading by example and never settling. Joseph is also a proud father of 2 teenage boys.

He lives by the quote “To say the sky is the limit, is an understatment ”   #UDC #UDC1851

Our 2015 August School is Ranked Number 1 | 2015 HBCU Rankings


{Dallas, TX – May 20th, 2015 }

These 2015 Rankings of Historically Black Colleges and Universities are based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision.

1.       Tuskegee University

2.      Hampton University

3.      Bethune- Cookman University

4.      University of Pine Bluff

5.      Winston Salem State University

6.       Morehouse College

7.       Howard University

8.      Elizabeth City State University

9.      North Carolina Central University

10.   Xavier University of Louisiana

11.    Delaware State University

12.  Virginia State University

13.  Philander Smith College

14.  Prairie View A&M University

15.   North Carolina A&T State University

16.  Tennessee State University

17.   Spelman College

18.  Langston University

19.  Bowie State University

20. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

21.  Fisk University

22. Coppin State University

23. Norfolk State University

24. Alabama A &M

25.  Fayetteville State University

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Savannah State professor named Governor’s Teaching Fellow

Updated: 5/15/2015 3:21 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

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Karla-Sue Marriott, Ph.D., will represent Savannah State University (SSU) as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow.

The associate professor of chemistry and forensic science coordinator will teach in Athens this summer. The program is designed for faculty members who teach at accredited public or private colleges or universities, other than the University of Georgia, in the state of Georgia.

Participants are selected on the basis of their teaching experience, their interest in continuing instructional and professional development and their ability to make a positive impact on their own campus. Marriott’s focus will be on the cross-collaboration of art and science and how she has brought it to the campus of SSU.

The forensic science program uses a state-of-the-art mock crime scene facility, equipped with surveillance cameras and microphones. A forensic photography darkroom was also constructed for interdisciplinary collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

“My current efforts as a teacher, scholar and artist are directed towards the unification of art and science to nurture the creative mind, enhance investigative learning and improve faculty collaborations across disciplines,” Marriott says. “As the coordinator of the forensic science program, my emphasis is on making science relevant and engaging.”

Wiley College Division of Sciences receives $500,000 grant

Updated: 5/15/2015 10:45 AM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

For Immediate Release

May 8, 2015                                                                                                

For More Information Contact:

                                                                                                Tammy Taylor  (903) 927-3385 (Office)

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Wiley College receives National Science Foundation Grant to enhance STEM Program

$500,000 grant will fund Pre-College Math Program, undergraduate research, two new STEM minors

(Marshall, Texas) The Division of Sciences at Wiley College has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help foster, develop, and retain students’ interest in studying and earning degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The grant will be carried out under the direction of Dr. Ruth Washington, Dean of the Division of Sciences; Dr. Walter Shumate, Associate Professor of Chemistry; and Mr. Llancyllius Williams, Instructor of Mathematics. This is the largest National Science Foundation grant the College has received.

About the grant 

Aptly titled, “Building on a Foundation of Stone: The Future Growth of Wiley College’s Division of Sciences,” the three-year grant will focus on retaining, educating, and graduating well-qualified students who will go on to complete graduate school and pursue careers in STEM fields. These outcomes would contribute to the attainment of the underlying goals of increasing the number of racial and/or ethnic minorities working and teaching in STEM fields.

“The greatest strength of this country is its diversity,” said Dr. Washington. “And seeing a more diverse workforce and a more diverse faculty positively influences minority students, many of whom, such as our students at Wiley, are first- generation college students.”

The impetus for Wiley’s grant is also rooted in breaking the cycle of poverty for the families of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who enter open-enrollment institutions of higher learning or minority-serving colleges and universities in general.

Impact of STEM

“Students who earn degrees boost their earning power, and students who earn STEM degrees are more likely to have higher salaries than non-STEM majors,” said Dr. Washington. “Pursuing higher paying careers is a key element in enabling low-income families to transition and make improvements in their quality of life that can result in greater long-term wealth and helping to close  the poverty gap.”

One major activity of the grant is the opening of a Pre-College Summer Math Program for new STEM-major freshmen to increase and enhance their math comprehension and aptitude so they will perform well enough on placement tests to enroll in Pre-calculus I. In year two of the grant, the Division of Sciences will establish a minor degree in physics and a minor degree in computer science to expand students’ interest in and entry into quantitative sciences.  Wiley’s Division of Sciences will also establish a STEM Journal Club and Undergraduate Research Program to increase experiences and opportunities that will strengthen  students’ critical thinking as well as their commitment to studying in STEM fields.

The Division of Sciences also plans to share initial findings from the implementation of the National Science Foundation grant during its “Open Door Admission Institutions for STEM Conference” that will be hosted by Wiley College in 2017.

Dr. Ruth Washington, Dean of the Division of Sciences at Wiley College, center, is pictured with from left, Dr.  Walter Shumate, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Mr. Llancyllius Williams, Instructor of Mathematics.  They will direct the work to enhance the College’s STEM program with funding received from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Ruth Washington, Dean of the Division of Sciences at Wiley College, center, is pictured with from left, Dr. Walter Shumate, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Mr. Llancyllius Williams, Instructor of Mathematics. They will direct the work to enhance the College’s STEM program with funding received from the National Science Foundation.


Harold Yapuwa – Second Year Graduate Student Named Hercules Scholar

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[Dallas, TX – May 14th, 2015]

Student: Harold Yapuwa

GPA : 3.93

Hometown : Blantyre, Malawi

Major/ Class: Water Resource Management/ 2nd Year Graduate Student

Harold ,a Graduate student at the University of the District of Columbia  was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Yapuwa is originally from Malawi a country in southeast Africa .He currently holds a 3.9 GPA and is majoring in Water Resource Management  at the University of the District of Columbia. After earning his degree at  UDC , he wants to pursue his Doctoral studies in Water Resource Management.  Harold wants to educate the community in all ways possible because he believes saving the environment is key to our health and longevity .

On the campus of UDC, Harold serves as the  President of the Environmental Sustainability Leadership Club. He is also a student research assistant in the Environmental Quality Testing Lab.

The most influential person in Harold’s life is his mother. He mentions that she has  taught him to always work towards your dreams no matter the hand life as dealt you at the time.

He lives by the quote “We are all but pieces in God.s grand scheme of things”   #UDC #UDC1851

Leaving the Southern University System and Heading to First HBCU in Washington D.C.


[Dallas, TX – May 13,2015]

The University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees has concluded its executive search with the selection of Ronald Mason, Jr. as the new president.  Mason will succeed Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., who has served as interim president of the University of the District of Columbia since March 2013. His presidency becomes effective on July 1.

The Board-appointed search committee, co-chaired by alumnus Trustee Joseph L. Askew, Jr. and Trustee Major General Errol R. Schwartz identified Mason from a field of 91 applicants for the position. In making the announcement, Board Chair Elaine A. Crider described Mason as a proven, highly motivated and accomplished higher education professional who is exceptionally and uniquely suited to build upon the successes that the University has achieved during Interim President Lyon’s tenure.

“The president-elect has proven himself a leader in the higher education community in many parts of the country.” She said, “Ron Mason has brought enhanced community relationships, responsible governance, and a strong students-first focus to his past roles and will do the same for our University as we continue to implement our Vision 2020 strategic plan.”

Mason, currently serves as president of Southern University and A&M College System, is the Chief Executive Officer and provides oversight for the system’s five campuses. He will bring some 30 years of experience in the higher education, community development, and legal fields to the University of the District of Columbia.

A native of New Orleans, Mason has B.A. and J.D. degrees from Columbia University (NY), and is a graduate of the Harvard Institute of Educational Management. He is married to the former Belinda DeCuir and has one daughter, Nia, and two sons, Jared and Kenan.

Naval commander, Savannah State alumna speaker at 186th commencement

Updated: 5/12/2015 11:41 AM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews

The commencement speaker was alumna Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews ’83, commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

As a Navy human resources officer her assignments have been in the areas of manpower, personnel, training and education. Andrews served as commanding officer of Boston Military Entrance Processing Station, Navy Recruiting District San Francisco, and Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes.  

During her tour at RTC, she led the training efforts of over 100,000 sailors for duty in the fleet and was instrumental in the commissioning of the Navy’s only immersive simulator trainer, the USS Trayer, also known as Battle Stations 21.

Andrews earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal  Justice from Savannah State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Management from Troy State University. She has been conferred an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  Her military education includes a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and she is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk.

The commencement ceremony took place Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. at T. A. Wright Stadium.

Edward Waters College Graduates FIRST “CALL ME MISTER” SCHOLAR

EWC Commencement 2015


[Dallas, Tx – May 12, 2015]

Edward Waters College (EWC) graduated its first Call Me MISTER scholar during the 2015 commencement ceremony this past Saturday, May 9th. The Call Me MISTER scholarship program is open to African-American males majoring in elementary education and pays for the last two years of course work. Upon graduation, recipients of the “Call Me MISTER” scholarship must teach in an inner-city elementary school in the Duval County Public School system for at least five years.

During the ceremony, President Nathaniel Glover presented Bernard Agurs with a Call Me MISTER blazer. Duval County Public Schools District Transformation Office Director, Iranetta Wright then met Agurs on the stage to give him his open teaching contract.

“I’ve had excellent role models in my life, and I want to be one that can make a difference in a child’s life,” said Agurs.

The scholarship program was created to help increase the number of African American males who teach in the elementary-level. According to the Department of Education, African American men only make up two-percent of the 4.8 million educators across the country. Less than one-percent of them teach in elementary schools.

President Nathaniel Glover conferred 139 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2015. Florida State Senator Chris Smith delivered the commencement address. Agurs is the first person in his family to graduate with a college degree.

EWC Commencement 2015

Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools (SACS) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the oldest private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.

Hampton Athletics adding Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Soccer

Updated: 5/8/2015 1:01 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

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HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University Department of Athletics has announced the addition of two new sports for the coming 2015-16 academic year: men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer, both of which have been intramural programs at the school.

Both programs will compete as independents and play modified schedules.

With the additions, Hampton will feature 17 intercollegiate programs – seven men’s programs, nine women’s programs, and one co-ed program in sailing. Aside from sailing, all programs will be under the NCAA umbrella.

Head coach of the women’s soccer program

John McNabb will serve as head coach of the women’s soccer program, bringing with him decades of experience playing and coaching the sport. He has worked at Hampton University in the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, and McNabb has also played for Hampton International as part of the Virginia Rush Peninsula Adult League.


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Having played for Hampton International since 2008, McNabb has been on several league championship teams, most recently in the fall of 2014. His specialty has been on the defensive side of the ball.

McNabb has obtained licenses from the United States Soccer Federation and Virginia Youth Soccer Association to coach U6-U8, U8-U10, and Under-12 squads. He also served as club coach at Hampton since the spring of 2013.

McNabb holds a doctorate and a Master’s in physics from Carnegie Mellon, and he received his bachelor’s degree in physics, mathematics, and history from Washington and Jefferson in Pennsylvania in 1995.

Head coach of the men’s lacrosse program

Lloyd Carter will serve as head coach of the men’s lacrosse program after co-founding and coaching the university’s club lacrosse team – a capacity in which Carter has served since 2010. A native of Baltimore, Md., Carter lettered in the sport in both high school and college – playing for Morgan State until the program was discontinued in 1981.

Carter’s coaching experience began in Baltimore’s Northwestern High School in 1999. During his tenure that stretched more than a decade, Carter was a four-time Baltimore City Lacrosse Coach of the Year, and he served as president of the Baltimore City Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Under his leadership, Northwestern won two regional, two city, and six divisional championships.

In 2003, Carter founded Blax Lax Inc., a club-level organization where college- and high school-level players competed in programs and summer leagues in Howard County, Md. From 2004-08, Carter co-founded and coached club lacrosse at Morgan State.

Carter received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Maryland Baltimore County.

For more information on Hampton University athletics, please call the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5811, or visit the official Pirates website at