Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Announce Winners of 2016 Hungry for Education Scholarship

Foundation, Denny’s are partners in the Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, awarding outstanding students with $25,000 in scholarships

DALLAS (Feb. 5, 2016) – The Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, today announced the 20 winners of the 2016 Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, an initiative to promote education and help bring awareness to hunger issues throughout the nation.

Since 2013, the two organizations have partnered on the program, helping to support students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As part of the program, 20 deserving students from designated HBCU’s each received a $1,250 scholarship from Denny’s and the Tom Joyner Foundation. Students from HBCUs around the country, who had to hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to 4.0, submitted 250 to 500 word essays describing their most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger. The winners’ schools, their classification and majors are:

Krystal Pernell, sophomore, business administration/accounting major, at Alcorn State University

Ashleigh Duncan, senior, political science major, at Florida A&M University

Halle Stanley, junior, public relations major, at Howard University from Baltimore, Md.

Tierra Allen, senior, social work major, at North Carolina Central University from Yanceyville, N.C.

Jessica Ray, sophomore, biology major, at Xavier University of Louisiana

Tamara Bates, senior, biology major at Philander Smith College from Memphis, Tenn.

Ciara Chapman-Daniels, freshman, health and human performance major, at Albany State University

Tamekia Daniels, senior, accounting major, at South Carolina State University

Christopher Peay, senior, mass communications major, at North Carolina Central University from Charlotte, N.C.

Derrick Hobbs, senior, business administration: Hospitality and Tourism major, at Wiley College

Jaterius Ward, freshman, english major, at Clark Atlanta University

Dominique Wallace, freshman, nursing major, at Prairie View A&M University from Fort Worth, Texas

Sandra Okafor, junior, biology major, at Bowie State University

Jabari La Chaux, sophomore, political science major, at Paul Quinn College from Oakland, Calif.

 Ebony Marable, freshman, systems & organization management major, specialty in Human Resources management, at Hampton University

Shaquille Bullock, sophomore, psychology major, at Delaware State University

Lawrence Malloy, junior, mass communications major, at Fort Valley State University

Robert McGowan, junior, animal science major, at Tuskegee University, from Torrance, Calif.

Demitrius “D.J.” Onuaguluchi, senior, pharmacy major, at Xavier University of Louisiana

 Kaysha Jones, junior, dietetics major, at Texas Southern University, from Houston, Texas

“These students’ really demonstrated their commitment to helping out their communities,” said Thomas Joyner, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “Their hard work is a sign that they understand the importance of doing well in the classroom – and contributing to your community.”

April Kelly-Drummond, Denny’s director of diversity affairs and Multicultural Engagement, said, “Denny’s remains committed to helping students succeed, and we’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation to reward and recognize such outstanding achievements and dedication to education.”

Each scholarship recipient shared their stories about how they have tried to make a difference. For example, Halle Stanley of Howard delivered gift baskets of food, clothes, toys and books to homeless men, women and children in Baltimore; Tamekia Daniels of South Carolina State helped pack 44,000 bags of dried food for an international hunger relief organization; Demitrius “D.J.” Onuaguluchi threw a party for the homeless where he collected clothes, grilled food and brought in a barber; and, Derrick Hobbs of Wiley College organized a campus food drive that collected more than 1,400 canned goods for the local food pantry.

About the Tom Joyner Foundation:

The Tom Joyner Foundation ( 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 16-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 Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guam, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.

2016 Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2016.

“The cost of a college education isn’t getting any cheaper,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. “So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.”

Past Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including last year’s winner, JoAnna Jones from Ashville, North Carolina’s Buncombe County Early College High Show who is attending Winston-Salem State University where she is pursuing a degree in nursing. Other winners are Titus Zeigler, who was a top student at Atlanta’s Henry W. Grady High School. The future trauma surgeon was a member of the Junior ROTC program, tutored kids at a local middle school and volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank.Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who graduated from Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Another one of our Full Ride Scholars Cheyenne Boyce graduated from  Spelman College, where she was an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese. She spent the past year as a Fulbright Scholar teaching English to students in Malaysia.

Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website at to complete the application. Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at P.O. Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

1)  A United States Citizen

2) Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the spring of 2016).

3) Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and Minimum SAT score of 2100 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.

4) Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2016.

5) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

The applications must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2016. Interviews will occur in April 2016.

Alexander Goodwin of PVAMU Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

[Dallas ,TX – September 24th]

Student: Alexander Goodwin

GPA :3.83

Hometown : Houston, TX

Major/ Class: Policital Science  / Sophomore

Alexander , a Sophmore at the Prairie View A&M  University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

GOODWIN PICTUREMr. Goodwin is originally from Houston Texas and  currently holds a 3.83 GPA atPrairie View A&M University.   After earning his  Bachelors degree he plans  further his education by earning a master’s and doctorate degree in sociology. After finishing his post-secondary education he will go after his goal to become a distinguished college professor at an HBCU .

On the campus of PVAMU he currently is apart of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Society of Leadership and Collegiate Achievement, B.L.A.C.K.(Brothers Leading and Cultivating Knowledge), and The Political Science Club.

He also mentions some of the most influential people in his life are his parents Ronald Goodwin and Gwendolyn Goodwin.   He says “they have provided him with unconditional love and support in everything that he does . Both of them are PhD’s and instilled the monumental importance of education, hard work, and sacrifice in me at a young age.”

Quote He Lives By : ” It’s not like life comes often, the only thing worse than death is a regret filled coffin”. – J.Cole

Senior at South Carolina State University Receives Hercules Scholarship

[Dallas, TX – July 9th]

Student: Corey Hagans

GPA :3.92

Hometown : Columbia, SC

Major/ Class:  Music Education/ Senior

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

Corey T. Hagans Hercules Scholar 2015 Mr. Hagans is originally from Columbia, SC and he currently holds a 3.92 GPA at the South Carolina State University.  After  earning his degree he plans to attend graduate school to receive a degree in Education Technology.  Raymond’s ultimate goals are  to become a principal and as well as a high school band director.

On campus he  has serves with the Army ROTC, Marching 101 Pep Band, and is in the Honors College. Corey also spends his time  volunteering with the Blythewood High school Junior ROTC.

The few people who have influenced his life have been his mother, who instilled in him the importance of having a great  education and giving back.  The motto he live by is “You have to do what you have to do in order to get where you want to be”

Future Diplomat Receives $1,500 Buddy Scholarship From Tom Joyner Foundation

camille swinson


Student: Camille Zoe Swinson

Hometown: Washington, D.C

Classification & Major : Sophomore International Studies Major with a Spanish Minor

This Spelman woman is a future diplomat , a honor student, a member of the Model United Nations, The National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. After Graduating from Spelman she wants to pursue her Masters in International Relations in a spanish speaking country. Camille goes on to say that her brother is one of the biggest influences in her life. He is someone who always has her back no matter the distance and where they are in life.

Camille lives by the motto, “In order to fly, you must fall”.

More About Spelman College and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College: 

Spelman College is located in  is a four-year liberal arts women’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Spelman is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) is the official organization that supports Spelman College, a historically black college for women, through financial gifts, student recruitment, sisterhood, community service, and recognition of Spelman women.

Read more about the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College 

What is the Buddy Scholarship?

The Buddy Scholarship  is named after  Tom Joyner’s mother, the late Buddy Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education. To be a candidate for the scholarship, students must be female, 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 her  race. The scholars each receive a scholarship grant of $1,500 that is paid directly to their school to help offset their college expenses.

Foundation Names First TJ Art Scholars

The Tom Joyner Foundation announced the names of its first art scholars as part of its effort to invest in the next generation of African-American visual artists.

The TJF Fine Arts Scholarship Program awarded the two (2) deserving students at HBCUs a $1,000 scholarship from the Foundation. The program is funded with money from a portion of the proceeds from the art sales on the 2014 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage. Students who are visual arts majors had to apply earlier this year by submitting  a link to a sample of one piece of their artwork or photography, including the name of the piece, the inspiration behind the work and if a painting or sketch, the medium.

Here are the winners and their artwork:

DaRon Spence TJF Fine Arts Scholarship Recipient for Johnson C. SmithDaRon Spence artwork

DaRon Spence is a graphic design major at Johnson C. Smith University from Richmond, Virginia. The sample he submitted, done in graphite and oil pastel, was titled “Life”. His inspiration was the liveliness of Spring. DaRon believes that art is necessary for a peaceful community that encourages many and great values into youth as well as their elders.

Spence’s future plans are to obtain a bachelor’s with a double major in art education and animation. He hopes to work within a private or public school’s art department to teach youth the importance of art and how to find their own creative styles that will individualize them from others within the art field.


Ellesse Garvin TJF Fine Arts Scholarship Recipient for Spelman Ellesse Garvin artwork

Ellesse Garvin is a fine art major at Spelman College from Pooler, Georgia. The sample she submitted was titled “Portrait of a Brown Woman”. The medium was acrylic and her inspiration was the lack of people of color depicted in Renaissance artwork. She was inspired to study the reasons behind their lack of representation and insert the black women into these portraits.

Garvin believes that art is an important factor to all humanity. As art education programs are decreasing at an alarming rate, she says it is becoming more necessary for the next generation to appreciate and create art. Ellesse aspires to become an international artist and curator as well as to open a creative center dedicated to the arts and yoga.

Student Testimony – Christina Jackson

Christina Jackson, Shaw University graduation May102014

Dear Tom Joyner Foundation Team,

My name is Christina Jackson, from Alpharetta, Georgia. I am a 2014 graduate of Shaw University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems. I am currently in graduate school at North Carolina A&T State University pursuing a Master’s of Science in Information Technology. I am the middle daughter of Pastor Joe and Theresa Jackson. I was a recipient of the Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship for the 2012-2013 Summer Semester at Shaw University.

Attending summer school that year was imperative to me accomplishing my goal of graduating from college in just three years. 2013 was also the year that the government made significant changes in the amount of Federal Financial Aid that was allotted to students. I personally was not awarded much money for summer school and could not afford to pay for it out of pocket and my parents support three daughters in college simultaneously.

called our scholarship coordinator at Shaw University and she told me about the Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship. Not knowing if I would meet the requirements, I applied any way by faith. I remember thinking to myself, “I might as well try, the worst that they can say is no.” Sure enough, shortly after submitting my application, I was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation for the 2012-2013 Summer Semester. 

To this day, I am eternally grateful to Mr. Tom Joyner and everyone involved at the Tom Joyner Foundation and to God. This scholarship was truly a blessing and it makes a huge difference in the lives of HBCU students everywhere! Thank you once again and please continue your wonderful support of black college students. We appreciate you and need you!

Sincerely Yours,

Christina R. Jackson

Keilon Robinson Of Texas Southern University Named Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar”

(Dallas – June 26) Keilon Robinson, Jr. , a rising  sophomore, double majoring in chemistry and mathematics from Houston, Tex., this week has been named a Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar”.

This honor student has a 3.91 GPA and plans to become a petroleum engineer.

At TSU, Keilon is a member of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, the Urban Academic Village, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the American Chemistry Society, and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers.

Texas Southern University, in Houston , Tex., is the Foundation’s School of the Month for June 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.


Texas Southern sophomore awarded Hercules Scholarship

Derrick Smallwood is a sophomore, finance major from DeSoto, Texas.

This future financial analyst will continue to learn and advise others to secure their future.

At TSU, Derrick is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Freeman Honors College, and the Golden Key Honor Society.

Derrick still finds time to volunteer at a local community center and serve as a peer tutor on campus.

Texas Southern sophomore awarded Hercules Scholarship

Jared Artmore is a sophomore, Pre-Pharmacy major from Beaumont, Tex.

This future pharmacist plans to learn and advise in the pharmacy and medical fields.

At TSU, Jared is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Freeman Honors College, the Urban Academy, the Academic Village, and plays the tuba in the TSU Wind Ensemble.