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Each year thousands of fans gather at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis to see long-time rival football teams Jackson State University and Tennessee State University battle for bragging rights and for the victory.
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We’re showing our support for two of our 2015 School’s Of the Month, Jackson State University & Tennessee State University as they face off at the 20th Annual Southern Heritage Classic
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(Dallas – April 8) JoAnna Jones of Asheville, North Carolina, is the winner of the Tom Joyner Foundation® “Full Ride Scholarship” that will cover full tuition, room and board (on-campus only) and books up to 10 semesters.
Tom Joyner, the Foundation’s chairman and founder, announced his scholarship today during the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which airs on 100 stations and reaching a broadcast and digital audience of more than eight million listeners every week. Jones, a graduating senior from Asheville’s Buncombe County Early College High School, was selected from hundreds of applicants for the scholarship.
Jones plans to attend Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, N.C. because of its science and nursing-related courses. The impressive18-year-old also is graduating with an Associates’ of Arts Degree from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. She became inspired to pursue a career in the medical field after participating in the Minority Medical Mentoring Program, where she had a chance to shadow members of the medical field everyday after school. In her application essay, she discussed how doctors treated one patient who they learned had been overmedicated.
“I’m so grateful for this scholarship,” said Jones, who also worked as a lifeguard and a swim instructor. “I want to get into healthcare to make the people connections and to right by someone’s side when they’re going through the worst thing in their lives.”
Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated morning radio show, said, “JoAnna is one of those amazing students who will benefit from the nurturing and family atmosphere that HBCUs provide. She’s going to do great things in this world. I’m so glad the Foundation is going to be a part of her success.”
Stefanie Buckner, who wrote a recommendation for Ms. Jones, said, “JoAnna is a determined, goal-oriented, confident young lady that will be a leader in the health care profession in the very near future.” Julie Maimes, Jones’ science teacher, wrote, “JoAnna is the most exceptional student I have had the opportunity to teach in my career. She is diligent, responsible, dedicated to her education and committed to serving her community.”
Jones is the fifth Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholar. Previous winners include Titus Ziegler Jr., of Atlanta’s Inman Middle School who served as a commander of the elite Junior ROTC Color Guard and Cheyenne Boyce of Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Spelman College in Atlanta and is currently a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia where she is teaching English. Blaine Robertson of Reserve, La. is graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in history with a minor in secondary education. The first winner, Britney Wilson of Brooklyn, N.Y., is graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University. Ms. Wilson will be working in the New York offices of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
To retain the scholarship, students had to meet the required academic standards each semester. Graduating high school seniors applied for the scholarship by going to TomJoynerFoundation.org. To be eligible, students had to meet the following criteria: 1.) Be a United States citizen; 2.) Be a current high school senior attending school in the United States. Each applicant must complete high school in the spring of 2015; 3.) Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and minimum SAT score of 1300 (math and verbal only) or ACT score of 28; 4.) Applicants had to apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2015; 5.) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service and extracurricular activities.
Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. To learn more about the Foundation, go to TomJoynerFoundation.org.
HBCU Students, Alumni and Supporters Can Help Raise $250,000 in Scholarship Funds to Help Keep HBCUs Strong
Quote & Vote To Show Your School Pride
NORTHBROOK, Ill., August 5, 2014 – As students head back to campus this fall, they’ll embrace the same long-standing traditions as generations of college students who came before them. This year, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are encouraging students, alumni and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country to recall the traditions, pride, and love they have for their HBCUs – and help keep them strong by participating in the Allstate Quotes for Education program in states where it’s available.
For every person who receives an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent between August 1 and Nov. 30, 2014, and mentions “Quotes for Education,” Allstate will donate $10 -up to a total donation of $200,000. These funds will be donated to the Tom Joyner Foundation and earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs.
In addition, for the third year in a row, everyone will also have the opportunity to cast their vote for the HBCU of their choice to win an additional $50,000 in scholarship funding. In 2013, Grambling State University received the most votes and distributed scholarship funds to 50 students.
“Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are proud to work together on the 2014 Quotes for Education program,” said Cheryl Harris, Senior Vice President at Allstate and alumna of Florida A&M University. “HBCUs are hurting financially more than ever, and with assistance programs declining dramatically over the past couple of years, we realize the importance of investing in the future of HBCU students across the country. We hope the entire HBCU community will quote and vote, and join us in saying HBC ‘I Owe’ U.”
According to a 2013 report by the Council for Aid to Education, only 10 percent of HBCU alumni actively give back to their alma maters. This year, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are challenging the HBCU community to help pay it forward and help future generations of HBCU students by participating in the Quotes for Education program.
This marks the fourth year that Allstate has worked with the Tom Joyner Foundation for the Quotes for Education program. Additionally, for the past ten years, Allstate has been the title-sponsor of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion, an annual event taking place in Orlando during Labor Day weekend. Both of these programs are part of Allstate’s year-round commitment to programs that empower the African-American community.
“I owe so much to my alma mater, Tuskegee University, and am honored to give back to the institution that made me the man I am today,” said Tom Joyner, chairman and founder of the 15-year-old foundation. “My goal is to help grow zealous, educated and world-changing graduates. Not only will a quote invest in a student’s life and career, but it will also help ensure the future of the entire HBCU community.”
To participate in the Quotes for Education program, visit Allstate.com/hbcu to find a nearby participating agent or receive a quote online, and for official rules.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.
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.
The Tom Joyner Foundation presents the President’s Roundtable.
Tom Joyner Foundation presents the Alumni Business Meeting.
At the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion, there will be a college zone during the Family Reunion Expo. This college day offers a unique, one-day experience that’s an ideal opportunity for college bound students to network. The 15 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS) that will be showcased are:
1. Bennett College
2. Bethune – Cookman University
3. Clark Atlanta University
4. Fisk University
5. Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
6. Florida Memorial University
7. Grambling State University
8. Johnson C. Smith University
9. Kentucky State University
10. Norfolk State University
11. North Carolina A&T State University
12. Tuskegee University
13. Xavier University of Louisiana
14. Paul Quinn College
15. Southern University and A&M College
The College Zone will also include higher education related seminars.
“At the Tom Joyner Foundation, our passion is focused on helping students fulfill their dreams at HBCUs. We’re going to do everything we can to help Rachel Jeantel to pursue her dreams of getting a college education. We look forward to helping her experience the nurturing environment that an HBCU offers that has helped so many students over the years succeed.”