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 http://www.tomjoynerfoundation.org 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.

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Paine student selected as Student Ambassador for White House Initiative on HBCUs

Updated: 3:46 PM CST

For Immediate Releasepaine

September 5, 2015

Media Contacts:

Tonya Williams



Paine College

1235 Fifteenth Street

Augusta, Georgia  30901


Paine College Student Selected As Student Ambassador for

White House HBCU All-Star Program



Augusta, GA– Paine College student and Accounting Major, Chika Okanya, has been selected to serve as a student ambassador for the White House Initiative on HBCUs. As a student ambassador, Okanya will work with the White House Initiative on HBCUs for one year to advance President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13532.

The program is geared toward promoting the ability for students to reach their educational and career potential through higher education. The All-Star Student Ambassadors will participate in social media initiatives along with attending regional and national events “that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.”

“This opportunity is a huge blessing,” Okanya said. “As the representative for Paine College, I have the chance to make a lasting impact by promoting excellence, innovation, and sustainability at HBCUs.”

Okanya was invited to represent the College at the HBCU Conference Week in September in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being a student ambassador, Okanya has received numerous honors. Last year, he was elected to a one-year term as a student member of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council. He is also an ADP Scholar and the recipient of nine other prestigious scholarships. Okanya plans to attend Harvard Business School, Yale Business School, Duke University, or Penn State Business School to study Forensic Accounting then pursue a Doctorate degree in Accounting.


About Paine College

Paine College sits on 64 acres located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. The Mission of Paine College, a church-related private institution, is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world.

Click here to show your support for Paine College.

Tom Joyner Foundation to Lead Tour with HBCU Presidents to Cuba

Foundation, Presidents to Explore Global Exchange, Research Opportunities in Cuba

Syndicated Radio Personality and Foundation Chairman Tom Joyner to Lead Mission

The Tom Joyner Foundation, the Dallas-based nonprofit that helps support historically black colleges and universities, today announced that it will lead a tour for HBCU presidents to explore global exchange and research opportunities for students and faculty in Cuba.

Tom Joyner, the chairman and founder of the Foundation and nationally syndicated radio personality, will lead the four-day mission that is scheduled for May 2016. It will include a visit with representatives from the Ministry of Education, the University of Havana and the Superior Polytechnic School Institute.

“Higher education will play a significant role in the future of Cuba and its U.S. education partners,” said Thomas Joyner, Jr., president and CEO of the Foundation. “We want to provide an opportunity for HBCU presidents to begin to figure out how Cuba may play a role in providing exciting opportunities for their students and research for their faculty.”

As a result of President Barack Obama re-opening the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, the Foundation has invited HBCUs presidents and their key administrators to participate in this extraordinary opportunity. Participants on the mission will meet with experts to learn more about the country’s culture, music, history and educational institutions.

HBCU participants that are interested in traveling will have to pay their own round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport. Once in Havana, Joyner and Cuba experts will lead the administrators and educators in a series of interactive discussions and tours.

For media interviews, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation, neil.foote@tomjoynerfoundation.org. For more information about participating in the mission, email the Tom Joyner Foundation, tjf@tomjoynerfoundation.org, 972.789.1058.

Scholarships You Must Apply For Today!!





Here’s a list of various scholarships, grants and internship programs to help you pursue and complete your college education.

2) Student Inventors Scholarships
3) Student Video Scholarships
4) Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships
5) Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships
6) Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships
7) Brand Essay Competition
8) Gates Millennium Scholarships (major)
9) Xerox Scholarships for Students
10) Sports Scholarships and Internships
11) National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)
12) Saul T. Wilson Scholarships (Veterinary)
13) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
14) FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid Scholarships
15) Presidential Freedom Scholarships
16) Microsoft Scholarship Program
17) WiredScholar Free Scholarship Search
18) Hope Scholarships &Lifetime Credits
19) William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
20) Multiple List of Minority Scholarships
21) Guaranteed Scholarships
22) BOEING scholarships (soma e HBCU connects)
23) Easley National Scholarship Program
24) Maryland Artists Scholarships
26) Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship (for AA students in South Florida)
27) Historically Black College & University Scholarships
28) Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
29) International Students Scholarships & Aid Help
30) College Board Scholarship Search
31) Burger King Scholarship Program
32) Siemens Westinghouse Competition
33) GE and LuLac Scholarship Funds
34) CollegeNet ‘ s Scholarship Database
35) Union Sponsored Scholarships and Aid
36) Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways 25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel
37) Scholarship &Financial Aid Help
38) Scholarship Links (Ed Finance Group)
39) FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form &Info)
40) Aid &Resources For Re-Entry Students
41) Scholarships and Fellowships
42) Scholarships for Study in Paralegal Studies
43) HBCU Packard Sit Abroad Scholarships (for study around the world)
44) Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities
45) INROADS internships
46) ACT-SO EUR Olympics of the Mind “A Scholarships
47) Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarships
48) ScienceNet Scholarship Listing
49) Graduate Fellowships For Minorities Nationwide
51) The Roothbert Scholarship Fund

Additional Scholarships Below

52) Apple HBCU Scholars Program


53) SMART Scholarship


54) Teaching Residents at Teachers College2: TR@TC2


55) Custom Furniture Scholarship


56) Arxan Cyber Security Scholarship


57) Bulkofficesupply.com Scholarship


58) Dr Pepper 2015 Tuition Giveaway


59) Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship


60) Discover Student Loans Scholarship



Albert Joyner, Successful McDonald’s Franchisee and Philanthropist, Passes Away in Jackson, Miss.


Al Joyner, left, with his brother, Tom

The staff and board of directors are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our founding board member and my uncle, Albert L. Joyner, Sr.

Al Joyner was a proud graduate of Tuskegee (Institute) University and lifetime supporter of his alma mater.  Additionally, Al’s generosity extended to Alabama A & M University, Alabama State University, Miles College, and Jackson State University.

To say that Al was “integral” in the founding and establishment of the Tom Joyner Foundation is an understatement.  Al assisted us with building our mission, establishing best practices, staffing our organization, and establishing programs at the Tom Joyner Foundation that are still in place today.

The Tom Joyner Foundation is grateful for his passion, his devotion, and his guidance and advise to our board, our scholarship recipients, and to me personally.

Al was a great man who will be missed.  Thank you for everything, Uncle Albert.





Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Omega Service at 9:30a.m.

Anderson United Methodist Church

6205 Hanging Moss Road

Jackson, MS  39206

Funeral Arrangements for Tuskegee, Alabama will be held on

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 1:00p.m.

Omega Service at 12:00 p.m.

Tuskegee University Chapel

1200 West Montgomery Road

Tuskegee, Alabama

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship, by clicking on the button below.

If you wish to send a check, please make your check payable to the “Tom Joyner Foundation” and in the memo field on the check, write “Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship. You may send the check to the following address:  Tom Joyner Foundation c/o Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

The Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship

Here’s a more detailed bio:

Albert Joyner, one of the nation’s most successful owners of McDonald’s franchises and philanthropist, passed away in Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday June 3, 2015. He was 69.

Joyner was a fervent family man and is survived by his wife, Danita, and four children – Michael, Allison, Danielle and Albert Jr.  He is also survived by his brother, Tom, and nephews Thomas Joyner, Jr. and Oscar Joyner.

Albert shared his brother, syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner’s, passion for education and served as an active board member of the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Known for his dry wit and keen business acumen, he bought his first McDonald’s franchise in Mobile, Alabama.  With the success of this first restaurant, he formed My Joy, Inc. and went on to own numerous franchises in Birmingham and Jackson, Mississippi.  Mack Wilbourn, one of the first minority McDonald’s franchises in the Southeast, as well as Joyner’s mentor and friend, has said that one of his greatest accomplishments was mentoring Albert Joyner.

Always with an eye to make something happen – Albert collaborated with his brother to break the regional record for the most cars served in a McDonald’s drive-through in an hour at one of his Jackson Mississippi locations.  At the end of the hour, 419 cars had been served, breaking the previous record of 288 at a Baton Rouge McDonald’s.

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Albert Joyner attended Tuskegee Institute High School and graduated from the famed Tuskegee University (née Institute), majoring in physical education.

In lieu of flowers, click here to make a donation to the Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship Fund, benefiting students at Tuskegee University, his alma mater.

If you wish to send a check, please make your check payable to the “Tom Joyner Foundation” and in the memo field on the check, write “Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship. You may send the check to the following address:  Tom Joyner Foundation c/o Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

CNN’s Don Lemon, John Berman Playing for Foundation

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CNN’s  Don Lemon and John Berman are playing for the Tom Joyner Foundation as part of the “CNN Quiz Show: Seventies Edition” hosted by Anderson Cooper,

The show airs Monday at 9pm ET/PT.

J, Alisyn Camerota & Bill Weir, and Brooke Baldwin & Richard Quest also are playing for their respective charities.



The 2015 Black Wine Maker’s Dinner

Complete the form below to purchase tickets!

The Black Wine Maker’s Dinner

Sunday, July 12, 2015  3:30-6:30 PM

Villa’s Brazilian Steakhouse

12817 Preston Road, Ste 425 @ LBJ Freeway

$50 per person (in advance) $75 per person (day of event)

JSU DFW Black Wine Maker’s Event

Foundation Partner Schools’ Alumni Host Events Around the Country

Here’s a list of some activities hosted by local Tom Joyner Foundation partner schools that are taking place around the country:

 December 19

Alabama A&M NAA Tuscaloosa Chapter Debutante Ball, 7 PM – Midnight, McDonald Hughes Center, contact:  tuscaamuchapter40@yahoo.com

December 26

Jackson State University Alumni Natchez Chapter- First Holiday Gala 

An elaborate evening of exuberant music, expressive dance and enjoyable delicacies. Alumni & Friends Welcomed.

12/26/15 6 PM

Natchez Community Center

215 Franklin St, Natchez, MS 39120



If you would like your 2015 School of the Month activities and events listed, email us at tjf@tomjoynerfoundation.org.

Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation to Award Scholarships to Grambling State University

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Event to Celebrate $50,000 Scholarship Award Presentation to Grambling State University as part of Quotes for Education

(DALLAS – February 18, 2015) Allstate Insurance Company and the Tom Joyner Foundation will be presenting a check for $50,000 to Grambling State University as part of the annual Allstate Quotes for Education program, designed to help raise money for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Grambling State University, located in Grambling, LA, won the Allstate Quotes for Education fan vote for ‘school pride’ component of the program, and will receive the $50,000 donation from Allstate for student scholarships.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at the T.H. Harris Auditorium on the campus of Grambling State University. The presentation will feature appearances by Thomas Joyner, Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO, Interim Grambling State University President Dr. Cynthia Warrick, Ph.D., RPh and local Allstate agent Carlos Boston.

For four years, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation have joined together to engage students, alumni and supporters of HBCUs across the country to raise scholarship funds through the Allstate Quotes for Education program. For every person who received an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent between August 1 and Nov. 30, 2014, and mentioned “Quotes for Education,” Allstate donated $10 -for a total donation of $200,000 – a record amount for the program! These funds will be donated to the Tom Joyner Foundation and earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs.

For the third year of the program, HBCU students, alumni, and supporters also had a chance to vote for the HBCU of their choice to receive an additional $50,000 donation for scholarships. This year, as announced above, Grambling State University fans showed the most ‘school pride’ by voting online for their favorite HBCU. Grambling State University supporters employed social media tools, as well as word-of-mouth networking, to successfully engage alumni, students, faculty and staff in the fan vote campaign.

The Quotes for Education program is part of Allstate’s ongoing commitment to create, support and sponsor programs that empower the African American community. Other initiatives include Allstate’s title sponsorship of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion (for the past 11 years), Allstate’s Give It Up For Good national campaign, launched in 2013, and more.

About Allstate

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’s primary mission is helping to keep students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Since 1998, the foundation, chaired by nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges, has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. Throughout the week, the Foundation announces scholarship winners on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner. Each week, separate financial awards are focused on students who are single parents and distinguished male students at each ‘School of the Month’. Learn more about the foundation at http://tomjoynerfoundation.org/