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:


May 30

JSUNAA Houston (TX) Chapter A Safari Affair, 7PM, The Greenway Plaza Doubletree by Hilton, Call 713-817-7333

Tuskegee NAA Washington Alumni Club,  Alabama Big 3 HBCU Scholarship Gala (Washington DC Alumni Clubs of Alabama A&M, Alabama State & Tuskegee), 7:30 pm, Camelot by Martins, 13905 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro (MD  Contact:  Richard Mathis or 703-899-5023

South Carolina State University  National Alumni Association Presents : Charleston Bulldog Fest Noon – 4 pm  James Island County Park Wappoo Shelter 870 Riverland Dr. Charleston, SC 29412

June 2

Xavier University Give.Love.Xavier Day, 24 Hours, Nationwide

June 5

HBCU Alumni United T-Shirt Party, 7pm -12am  Tickets $25    Mr. J’s Lounge 4610 W. Fond Du Lac Milwaukee, WI.  For Tickets Contact (414) 353 -2769 Or email:

June 6

JSUNAA Metro Atlanta Chapter  Jacksonian Jazz Scholarship Brunch, 10:00am – 2:00pm Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta (GA)  Call ( 770) 395-7700 or visit

JSUNAA Madison County, MS Chapter:  Alumni Meet & Greet For Freshman and transfer students from Madison County 11:30am- 1:30pm 382 Galleria Parkway suite 110 Madison, MS 39110 For additional info please contact Barbara Ousby  601-238-9129 (cell) Please RSVP by 5/31

Jackson State University National Alumni Association Huntsville, Alabama Chapter: Annual Scholarship Blast 8:00pm- 12:00am  The Omega Center 181 Import Circle Huntsville, Alablam 35806  Ticket Cost: $25   Attire: Dressy Casual  For more information Debra Winters  256-716-0675  BYOB  Holdovers to be served

June 20

SCSUNAA Central Virginia Chapter Jazzin’ N Jeans:A Night of Spoken Word and Music-Bulldog Scholarship Affair, 7:30 PM, Hippodrome (The Speakeasy) 528 N. 2nd Street, Richmond  Contact ( or

July 12th

Jackson State University Dallas Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter & The Tom Joyner Foundation present ” The Black Wine Maker’s Dinner” 3:30 pm -6:30pm   Join Us For A Night Of Wine Tasting, Unlimited Food, And Fellowship Villa’s Brazilian Steakhouse 12817 Preston Rd. Dallas, Texas 75230 Ticket Prices $50 In Advance And  $75 Day Of Event To Purchase Tickets Visit:



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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


Foundation, Denny’s Announce Winners of Hungry for Education Scholarship

Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Announce Winners of

2015 Hungry for Education Scholarship

 Foundation, Denny’s are partners in the Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, awarding outstanding students with $30,000 in scholarships

 DALLAS (Feb. 10, 2015) – 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 12 winners of the 2015 Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, a partnership between the two organizations that supports students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Students from HBCUs around the country submitted 250 to 500 word essays describing their most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger. The winners’ schools and hometowns are:

Kiana Cole, junior, Howard University, from Pine Bluff, Ark.

Ashley Griggs, junior, Delaware State University, from Wilmington, Del.

Jarrett Harper, junior, Fisk University, from Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.

Trevor Holmes, freshman, Clark Atlanta University, from Nashville, Tenn.

Teylor Isome, freshman, Dillard University, from Cincinnati, Ohio

Paige Matthews, freshman, Bennett College, from Powder Spring, Ga.

Tiffany Provost-Holloway, senior, Fayetteville State University, from Concord, N.C.

Jimmitriv Roberson, freshman, Grambling State University, from Arcadia, La.

Alexander Smith,sophomore, Langston University, from Luther, Okla.

Kadijah Templeton, junior, Wiley College, from Longview, Texas

Vester Waters, junior, Mississippi Valley State University, from Detroit, Mich.

Shanay Wise, sophomore, Paul Quinn College, from Dallas, Texas

“I’m very impressed with each of these students’ proposals,” said Thomas Joyner Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “They’ve shown that you can do really well in your classes – and find ways to give back to the community.”

April Kelly-Drummond, Denny’s director of corporate diversity and community affairs, said Denny’s remains committed to helping students succeed.

 “We’re excited to see these students sharing their ideas on how to make a difference in their communities and in other people’s lives,” she said. “At Denny’s, we are proud to be able to provide resources to help these students succeed. As winners of this year’s Hungry for Education Scholarship program, these students demonstrated their commitment to their communities and to ending childhood hunger. Thanks to the Tom Joyner Foundation, our partner of more than a decade, who has worked with us to provide scholarships to these outstanding students all of who are helping us put an end to childhood hunger.”

Each scholarship recipient shared their stories about how they have tried to make a difference. For example, Kiana Cole at Howard created the PAPERBAG20 service project where she and other students prepare bag lunches that they hand out to homeless individuals. Shanay Wise of Paul Quinn College in Dallas led a team of volunteers to make a homemade, healthy Thanksgiving dinner for a local underserved families and she helped manage a community garden to ensure the community had access to fresh vegetables. Tiffany Provost-Holloway at Fayetteville State collected gift cards for the homeless and Alexander Smith at Langston cooks and serves food for his community several times a week.

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.



Tom Joyner Foundation Names 2015 Schools/Partnerships

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Updated: 3/17/2015 12:31 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

The Tom Joyner Foundation, a major driving force in raising money for historically black colleges since 1998, today announced the 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that it will raise money for in 2015.

The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, unveiled the names of the 2015  schools as part of its on-going effort to assist these institutions in broadening and strengthening their efforts to raise money to help keep students attending HBCUs.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month.  The show, aired in more than 100 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

Here’s a list of the schools/partnerships:

JANUARY- National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

FEBRUARY- Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

MARCH – Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Winston-Salem, N.C.

APRIL – South Carolina State University Foundation, Orangeburg S. C.

MAY- University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

JUNE- Xavier University, New Orleans, LA

AUGUST- Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

SEPTEMBER-Prairie View A&M Foundation, Prairie View, Texas

OCTOBER- Tennessee State University Foundation, Nashville, TN

NOVEMBER- Alabama A&M University Foundation, Huntsville, AL

If you’d like to donate to any of these schools, click here to go to the Foundation’s Donation page. On donation page, under “Add Special Instructions for the Recipient”, enter the college/university of choice.


Support the Foundation and Party with George Clinton

DallasMavs HBCU Night


Join supporters of the Tom Joyner Foundation to support a great cause and cheer on the Dallas Mavericks as they tip-off against the Portland Trailblazers.

Half-time entertainment will Parliament Funkadelic George Clinton.  You’ll need your ticket stub to participate in the post-game party with DJ Steve Nice.

For ticketing or to place orders, contact Gail 0’Bannon, 214-658-7123 or email her at  You must purchase tickets by Friday, January 15, 2015.

You can not purchase tickets for this promotion via the American Airlines Center Box Office or Ticketmaster. 

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the UNCF, DMCBAA and the Tom Joyner Foundation.


The Tom Joyner Foundation thanks its supporters for #GivingTuesday

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On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, participants from around the word participated in #GivingTuesday. Charities, businesses, community centers, families, and students, came together for the common purpose to give thanks. A preliminary estimate of donations tallied from various platforms showed that $45.7 million was given this year.

2014 marked the second year for the Tom Joyner Foundation to partner with the initiative. Due to the efforts of supporters, $758.10 was raised to continue the Foundation’s efforts of keeping Scholars in School. Even though #GivingTuesday has passed, you can still join in the giving season by showing your support here: 100% of your donation will go to the HBCU* of your choice.

*make sure to specify your HBCU designation

About Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday was founded as a global day dedicated to giving back with one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give. Founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, along with a team of influencers and founding partners, over 10,000 organizations worldwide have become engaged in the global movement.

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Omega Psi Phi Celebrates Anniversary

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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college, is celebrating its 103rd anniversary.

The fraternity was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three Howard University undergraduates, — Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, Frank Coleman and Dr. Ernest Everett Just.

Tom Joyner is a member of Omega Psi Phi where he joined while he was a student at Tuskegee University.
To continue to support the Tom Joyner Foundation and its efforts to support HBCU’s.
Donate $19.11 to your HBCU or the HBCU of your choice in honor of the Omega Psi Phi founders day.
Notable  Omegas
  • Langston Hughes – The Black poet laureate, excelled as a poet, playwright, novelist, lyricist, and humorist
  • Sterling Brown- Teacher, poet, writer, Professor Emeritus of Literature at Howard University, has a special foundation for folk culture and jazz music
  • Roland Hayes- Internationally known tenor of the 1920’s; sang in five different languages
  • Max Roach – Internationally known drummer
  • William H. “Bill” Cosby – Comedian, author, and actor
  • William (Count) Basie- Internationally known pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader
  • Joe Torry – Comedian, author, actor, and producer
  • Steve Harvey – Comedian and actor
  • Rickey Smiley – Comedian and actor
  • Tom Joyner – Radio show host

Foundation & Alabama State Alumni to Host Mimosas, Fish & Grits

Alabama State Mimosas Fish & Grits

The Tom Joyner Foundation and the Montgomery Chapter of the Alabama State University National Alumni Association, Inc. will be hosting a “Mimosas, Fish & Grits” fundraiser at 10 p.m. Friday, November 21st.

This will take place after the Chaka Khan Concert.

The 2014 homecoming celebration event will take place at Odessa’s Blessings, 726 Forest Avenue, Montgomery, Ala.

A minimum donation of $20 is expected.

ASU Mimosas, Fish and Grits


2015 Tom Joyner Foundation Full-Ride Scholarship Application

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 2015.

“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, 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, is now in her second year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania. Another one of our Full Ride Scholars Cheyenne Boyce graduated from  Spelman College earlier this year, where she was an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese.

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 2015).

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, 2015.

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 16th, 2015. Interviews will occur in April 2015.

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. You can learn more at

Southern University named November school of the month

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Southern University (SU), located in Baton Rouge, La., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for November.

SU began in New Orleans in 1880 and moved to Baton Rouge in 1914. SU is the  largest of the five-campus Southern University System and the only historically black university system in the U.S.

Since its inception, the institution has provided the foundation for graduates to excel in careers such as business, education, and engineering. The institution has also gained national recognition as one of the top 10 highest producer of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African-Americans in the United States. Other recognitions  include the School of Nursing, which is among the top 10 producers of African-American nurses in the nation and the College of Engineering, who is among the top 10 producers of African-American students who receive undergraduate degrees in engineering.

The acting chancellor of SU is Mr. Flandus McClinton, Jr. Chancellor McClinton was named  by the Southern University Board of Supervisors on June 30, 2014 and officially took the office on July 1, 2014. McClinton is also an alumnus of SU where he received his B.S. degree in accounting in 1971.

Notable alumni include: Avery Johnson, former head coach for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Aenesas Williams, seven-time NFL “Pro Bowler”, and Dr. Sandra K. Johnson, IBM Master Inventor.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

Click here to make a donation to support Southern University.

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