John M. Belk Endowment Gives $825,000 for scholarships at JCSU

Updated: 4/11/2014 1:41 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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John M. Belk Endowment Gives $825,000 for scholarships

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Charlotte, N.C. – April 10, 2014 – Johnson C. Smith University is pleased to announce a gift of $825,000 from the John M. Belk Endowment to increase access to the university by providing scholarships to deserving students.

The money will help offset a decline in financial aid available to many families due largely to increased eligibility criteria for families seeking college loans from the U.S. Department of Education’s Parent PLUS Loan program. Tighter underwriting restrictions have had a disproportionate impact on historically black colleges and universities, which serve greater numbers of disadvantaged students.

“Many of today’s JCSU students face significant financial barriers that result in gaps between the aid they receive and the total cost of their college education,” said Ronald L. Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University.  Approximately 85 percent of JCSU students receive some form of financial aid; 45 percent are first-generation college students, and 70 percent come from low-income households.

“Such statistics speak to the compelling and diverse needs of these students and the constant pressure they carry as they seek ways to pay for their education,” Carter said. “We are grateful to the John M. Belk Endowment for helping us maintain our commitment to this group.”

Click here to make a donation to Johnson C. Smith University.

Tom Joyner Foundation Names Langston University April School of the Month

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Click here to make a donation to Langston University. 

The Tom Joyner Foundation is recognizing Langston University in Langston, Okla. as the April 2014 School of the Month.

Listen below to an interview with Langston University president, Dr. Kent. J. Smith, Jr. 

The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, Tom Joyner, chose Langston University 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.

Established in 1897, Langston University is the only historically black institution of higher education in the state of Oklahoma. A four-year, state-supported, land-grant, regional institution, it has an average enrollment of approximately 3,000 students on campuses located in Langston, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. The University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

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.

Click here to make a donation to Langston University. 

Denny’s Presents Tom Joyner Foundation with Check on 2014 Fantastic Voyage

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Foundation, Denny’s are partners in the Hungry for Education Scholarship Program where 10 outstanding students will receive $2,500 scholarships at designated HBCUs

 DALLASMarch 27, 2014 – The Tom Joyner Foundation received a $25,000 check from the Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchiser and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, during the 2014 Fantastic Voyage as part of the Hungry For Education (HFE) scholarship program students attending selected Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The check presentation capped off a lively seminar entitled “Straight Talk” on the cruise, which featured a conversation between Chef Jeff, Brenda Lauderback, a member of Denny’s Board of TomJoynerGrandSlamWinnersonFV2014 300x200 Dennys Presents Tom Joyner Foundation with Check on 2014 Fantastic VoyageDirectors and VaShawn Mitchell, the gospel recording artist and spokesperson. Sybil Wilkes, “Tom Joyner Morning Show” co-host, moderated the hour-long panel that focused on diversity and inclusion. During a raffle after the panel, five lucky members of the audience – Anthony Jones, Trumel Lamb, Regina Lander and Glenda Lewis – won free Original Grand Slam® breakfasts for a year.

“You know I love a party with a purpose, so for Denny’s to present this check on the Fantastic Voyage – the ‘Ultimate Party with a Purpose’ – makes this event even more memorable,” said Tom Joyner, the foundation’s chairman and host of the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” “This scholarship program is another great example of how the Foundation and Denny’s are doing what it takes to help students pursue their college dreams.”

Thomas Joyner Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Foundation, stressed the importance of the Denny’s partnership and helping students at HBCUs. “This Denny’s partnership is an important part of helping the Foundation fulfill its mission to keep students in HBCUs.”

April Kelly-Drummond, Denny’s director of corporate diversity and community affairs, said, “With the help of the Tom Joyner Foundation, Denny’s has provided support for more than 300 deserving high school and college students, contributing more than $525,000 to the Foundation’s programs and scholarship funds. We love working with Tom and look forward to continuing our 12-year partnership – and helping students succeed – for many, many more years to come.”

As part of the partnership, ten (10) deserving students from designated HBCUs will receive a $2,500 scholarship from Denny’s and the Tom Joyner Foundation as part of Denny’s Hungry for Education initiative. The program began February 10 and ends April 1, 2014.  Full time students must be enrolled in one of the 10 participating HBCUs that include Alabama State University, Montgomery, Ala.; Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C.; Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.; Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Fla.; Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas; Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C.; Langston University, Langston, Okla.; Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.; and Southern University, Baton Rouge, La.

To apply, students must submit a 250- to 500-word essay on the topic, “How Can You or Denny’s Have an Impact on Hunger in Your HBCU’s Community?”  To complete the process, students go to TomJoynerFoundation.org and click on the banner to complete the online application. To learn more about Denny’s scholarship program, go to DennysHungryForEducation.com.

The Foundation will be reviewing applications and winners will be announced in December 2014.

In its fifteenth year the Tom Joyner Foundation, the Fantastic Voyage Presented by Ford is known as the Ultimate Party with a Purpose®, supporting students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It set sail March 16th, from Miami, Florida for eight days and seven nights with almost three thousand passengers on board the Carnival Conquest. The cruise features more than 60 performers art exhibits and seminars, including comedians, entertainers and artists in soul music from today and yesterday including Tyler Perry, Katt Williams, Robin Thicke, Charlie Wilson, KEM, John Legend, Nelly, Ice Cube, Chante Moore, Shaggy, George Clinton, Heads of State, Erica Campbell from Mary Mary, and many great artists from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

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 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, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com and www.dennysdiversity.com.

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Tom Joyner Visits University of the Virgin Islands During Fantastic Voyage

Tom Joyner visited with the president, faculty, students and staff when the 2014 Fantastic Voyage stopped over in St. Thomas.  Joyner stopped by the university’s radio station – WUVI-1090 AM – where he was interviewed live, took photos with students and staff and before he left, he autographed the control board.  At a reception at Reichhold Center for the Arts, Joyner helped the university celebrate its “Charter Month”, where Maxi Priest, Tuck and Patti and Voices of Inspiration performed.

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Tom Joyner, center, and UVI President Dr. David Hall, left, presented UVI’s 2012 scholarships recipients Mark Beverhoudt, at right, Kirwin Hodge, second left, and Latoya Benjamin, during the schools “Fantastic Old School Reception” for Joyner on March 19. Beverhoudt and Hodge are Hercules Scholars and Benjamin is a Tom Joyner Scholar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Denny’s – Tom Joyner Foundation Hungry for Education Scholarship

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Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship

Program Partnership

The Tom Joyner Foundation has partnered with Denny’s Corporation  for the 2nd year to support Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship Program and fight hunger in the United States.

Ten (10) deserving students from designated Historically Black College and  Universities  will receive a $2,500 scholarship from Denny’s and the Tom Joyner Foundation.  The program is part of Denny’s national initiative to end hunger.

You may apply Feb. 10 through Apr. 1, 2014.

The 10 participating HBCUs  listed below were chosen because they are a part of the Tom Joyner Foundation partnership group of supported schools.

PARTICIPATING 2014 HBCUs

  • Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL
  • Central State University, Wilberforce, OH
  • Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC.
  • Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
  • Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX
  • Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC
  • Langston University, Langston, OK
  • Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
  • Southern University , Baton Rouge, LA

Please complete the application below.

 

Tom Joyner, Allstate Present Check to Grambling State

 

Tom Joyner and Allstate presented a check to Grambling State University to help fund scholarships for 32 students.

The presentation capped off the Allstate Quotes for Education “Schools Pride” campaign that allowed students, faculty, alumni and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to vote for their favorite alma mater.

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

The ceremony took place at 2 p.m. at the T.H. Harris Auditorium on the campus of Grambling State University.  The presentation will feature appearances by Tom Joyner, the chairman and founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation, Thomas Joyner, Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO, Grambling President Dr. Frank G. Pogue and veteran local Allstate agent Carlos Boston from Shreveport, Louisiana.

Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation joined together to engage students, alumni and supporters of HBCUs across the country to raise scholarship funds as part of the fifth annual Allstate Quotes for Education program: for every person who received an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent and mentioned Quotes for Education between Aug. 1 and Nov. 30, 2013, Allstate donated $10, up to a total donation of $185,000. The funds will be donated to the Tom Joyner Foundation and earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs.

For the second year, school fans 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 winning the $50,000. Grambling State 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.

In addition to the Quotes for Education program, Allstate has title-sponsored the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion for the past nine years. Both programs are part of Allstate’s year-round commitment to create, support and sponsor programs that empower the African American community.

 

 

Here’s a slideshow capturing some of the excitement of the event that took place on the campus of 

Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation to Award Scholarships to Grambling State as part of Quotes for Education Program

 

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Event to Celebrate $50,000 Scholarship Award Presentation to Grambling University

DALLAS, February 4, 2014 – 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 second annual Allstate Quotes for Education fan vote for ‘school pride’ and will receive the $50,000 donation from Allstate for student scholarships.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the T.H. Harris Auditorium on the campus of Grambling State University.  The presentation will feature appearances by Tom Joyner, the chairman and founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation, Thomas Joyner, Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO, Grambling President Dr. Frank G. Pogue, and veteran local Allstate agent Carlos Boston from Shreveport, Louisiana.

Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation joined together to engage students, alumni and supporters of HBCUs across the country to raise scholarship funds as part of the fifth annual Allstate Quotes for Education program: for every person who received an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent and mentioned Quotes for Education between Aug. 1 and Nov. 30, 2013, Allstate donated $10, up to a total donation of $185,000. The funds will be donated to the Tom Joyner Foundation and earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs.

For the second year, school fans 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 winning the $50,000. Grambling State 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.

In addition to the Quotes for Education program, Allstate has title-sponsored the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion for the past nine years. Both programs are part of Allstate’s year-round commitment to create, support and sponsor programs that empower the African American community.

 About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

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 $60 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges, has assisted more than 25,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. Each week, the Foundation announces outstanding male student scholarship winners, called Hercules Scholars, on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner. Learn more about the foundation at http://tomjoynerfoundation.org/

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Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation Raise $185,000 for HBCUs

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Supporters also voted for Grambling State University to receive a separate $50,000 donation for scholarships

DALLAS, January 3, 2014 – Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation announced today that students, alumni and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have raised $185,000 as part of the fifth annual Allstate Quotes for Education program.

The unprecedented milestone exceeds the originally set goal of $150,000, representing a huge groundswell of support for HBCUs, many of which have experienced deep federal and state budget cuts to funding for student loans programs.

For every person who received an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent and mentioned Quotes for Education between August 1 and Nov. 30, 2013, Allstate donated $10, up to a total donation of $185,000. The funds will be donated to the Tom Joyner Foundation and will be earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs.

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“I want to thank everybody who took the time to get an insurance quote with Allstate and voted for their favorite HBCU,” said Tom Joyner, chairman and founder of the 15-year-old foundation and host of the nationally syndicated morning radio show. “Allstate has been a great partner with the Foundation because they share my passion and belief that HBCUs continue to play a vital role in educating our country’s future doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, athletes, civic and community leaders.”

This marks the third year that Allstate has partnered with the Tom Joyner Foundation for the Quotes for Education program. Additionally, for the past nine years, Allstate has title-sponsored the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Both programs are part of Allstate’s year-round commitment to create, support and sponsor programs that empower the African-American community.

“We are very proud to partner again with the Tom Joyner Foundation on the Quotes for Education program as we are both passionate about helping students achieve their life-long dreams through education,” said Lisa Cochrane, senior vice president of integrated marketing communications for Allstate. “Surpassing the $150,000 goal this year will help us reach out and assist more students with their educational finances, and we could not be more thrilled about that. Congratulations to Grambling State University, and we look forward to next year!”

To learn more about the Allstate Quotes for Education program, HBCU supporters should visit www.allstate.com/represent where they can find a nearby participating agent or receive a quote online.

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 15-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.

About Allstate®

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

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Tom Joyner Foundation Names 2014 Partner Schools

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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 2014.

The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, unveiled the names of the 2014 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’ next year, 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:

JANUARY- Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla.

FEBRUARY- Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C.

MARCH – Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C.

APRIL- Langston University, Langston, OK

MAY- Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio

JUNE- Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

JULY- Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas

AUGUST- Clark-Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.

SEPTEMBER- Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.

OCTOBER- Alabama State University, Montgomery, Ala.

NOVEMBER- Southern University @ Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, La.

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.