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:

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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.

 

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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

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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”

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(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 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

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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.

Texas Southern sophomore awarded Hercules Scholarship

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Knubian Gatlin is a sophomore, dietetics major from Spring, Texas.

This future clinical dietitian and business owner has a 3.80 GPA.

At TSU, Knubian volunteers at a homeless shelter,  serves as a peer tutor, partners with his mother to provide fitness and training, and volunteers at a local health facility for the underserved.

Central State junior awarded Hercules Scholarship

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Brian McKenzie is a junior, business administration major from Dayton, Ohio.

This future business owner has a 3.84 GPA with plans to attend graduate school.

At Central State, Brian is a peer tutor, volunteers at a local community center, is a member of the Black Men’s Think Tank, and has consistently been placed on the Dean’s List.

Brian firmly believes in preparing himself for a future as a community leader and making a difference for others.

Central State senior awarded Hercules Scholarship

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Ryan Johnson is a senior, international business major, from Dayton, Ohio.

This future attorney has a 4.0 GPA and still finds time to share his skills as a peer tutor, volunteer at a local community center, and is a member of the SGA and the Business Club.

Ryan’s parents are the most influential people in his life who are always there with sound advice and support.

The motto Ryan lives by is, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow”.

Central State sophomore awarded Hercules Scholarship

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Jeremy Toney is a sophomore, accounting major from Byram, New Jersey.

At Central State, Jeremy has a 3.94 GPA and still finds time to be active on campus as a member of the Central State Football Team, the National Association of Black Accountants, the SGA, and serve as a peer tutor.

The most influential people in his life are his parents, Sheldon and Mimi Toney, who taught him the value of HBCUs and the importance of hard work.

Central State senior awarded Hercules Scholarship

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Jody Coleman is a senior, marketing major from Dayton, Ohio.

This honor student and future sports marketing director has a 3.78 GPA.

At Central State, Jody serves as a peer tutor, is a member of the Marketing Club, the SGA, and volunteers at a local youth center.

The person he admires the most is his older brother, who became the man of the house with the departure of his father.

The motto Jody lives by is, “No one owes you, and everything important in life is earned”.