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Neil Foote, Media Relations, Tom Joyner Foundation
Tom Joyner Foundation Partners with the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College to Raise Funds to Support Scholars
(DALLAS – January 1) The Tom Joyner Foundation is partnering with the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC), to help raise funds to support scholars attending the Atlanta institution, recognized as a global leader in educating women of African descent.
Funds raised during the partnership will be allocated to the NAASC Donald and Isabel Stewart Endowed Scholarship Fund at Spelman College, which provides annual scholarships to students and is administered by the College. This scholarship was named in honor of the sixth president of Spelman College, Dr. Donald M Stewart and his wife, Isabel Stewart, for their success in increasing the College’s endowment and expanding the College’s donor base.
As a partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, the NAASC and its chapters will be promoted on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Each Thursday in January, Joyner will announce “The Buddy Scholars”, named in honor or Joyner’s mother, Frances Joyner. Spelman College will receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The radio show airs in more than 100 markets around the country, reaching nearly eight million listeners every week.
From its beginning in 1892 as the Alumnae of Spelman Seminary, through its incorporation in 1976 as an independent 501 (c) (3) organization, the NAASC has made an enduring commitment to her alma mater. The Association has forty-eight chapters around the country. The flagship chapter in Atlanta recently celebrated its Centennial Anniversary (1914 – 2014).
Spelman College, founded in 1881, is located in Atlanta, Ga. It has 2,100 students and offers 27 majors in a wide variety of subjects. It’s outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder, Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO, Rosalind Brewer, Broadway Producer, Alia Jones, Former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President, Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard University Professor, Evelyn Hammonds, author Pearl Cleage, and actress, LaTanya Richardson Jackson.
The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: February – Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.; March – Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Winston-Salem, N.C.; April – Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; May – University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.; June – Xavier University, New Orleans, La.; July – South Carolina State University, Orangeburg S. C.; August – Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; September – Prairie View A&M Foundation, Prairie View, Texas; October – Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn.; November – Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Ala.
About The Tom Joyner Foundation
The Tom Joyner Foundation (http://tomjoynerfoundation.org) 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 14-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 the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College
The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC), began in May 19, 1892, with the encouragement of then Spelman College President, Harriet Giles and Dean Lucy Upton, and is the official organization that supports Spelman College through financial gifts, student recruitment, sisterhood, community service, and recognition of Spelman women. The Association provides, encourages and promotes growth and development of alumnae through leadership opportunities and partnership alliances. NAASC actively seeks to involve all former students and graduates in the fulfillment of its purpose.
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