Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Announce Winners of 2016 Hungry for Education Scholarship

Foundation, Denny’s are partners in the Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, awarding outstanding students with $25,000 in scholarships

DALLAS (Feb. 5, 2016) – 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 20 winners of the 2016 Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, an initiative to promote education and help bring awareness to hunger issues throughout the nation.

Since 2013, the two organizations have partnered on the program, helping to support students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As part of the program, 20 deserving students from designated HBCU’s each received a $1,250 scholarship from Denny’s and the Tom Joyner Foundation. Students from HBCUs around the country, who had to hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to 4.0, submitted 250 to 500 word essays describing their most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger. The winners’ schools, their classification and majors are:

Krystal Pernell, sophomore, business administration/accounting major, at Alcorn State University

Ashleigh Duncan, senior, political science major, at Florida A&M University

Halle Stanley, junior, public relations major, at Howard University from Baltimore, Md.

Tierra Allen, senior, social work major, at North Carolina Central University from Yanceyville, N.C.

Jessica Ray, sophomore, biology major, at Xavier University of Louisiana

Tamara Bates, senior, biology major at Philander Smith College from Memphis, Tenn.

Ciara Chapman-Daniels, freshman, health and human performance major, at Albany State University

Tamekia Daniels, senior, accounting major, at South Carolina State University

Christopher Peay, senior, mass communications major, at North Carolina Central University from Charlotte, N.C.

Derrick Hobbs, senior, business administration: Hospitality and Tourism major, at Wiley College

Jaterius Ward, freshman, english major, at Clark Atlanta University

Dominique Wallace, freshman, nursing major, at Prairie View A&M University from Fort Worth, Texas

Sandra Okafor, junior, biology major, at Bowie State University

Jabari La Chaux, sophomore, political science major, at Paul Quinn College from Oakland, Calif.

 Ebony Marable, freshman, systems & organization management major, specialty in Human Resources management, at Hampton University

Shaquille Bullock, sophomore, psychology major, at Delaware State University

Lawrence Malloy, junior, mass communications major, at Fort Valley State University

Robert McGowan, junior, animal science major, at Tuskegee University, from Torrance, Calif.

Demitrius “D.J.” Onuaguluchi, senior, pharmacy major, at Xavier University of Louisiana

 Kaysha Jones, junior, dietetics major, at Texas Southern University, from Houston, Texas

“These students’ really demonstrated their commitment to helping out their communities,” said Thomas Joyner, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “Their hard work is a sign that they understand the importance of doing well in the classroom – and contributing to your community.”

April Kelly-Drummond, Denny’s director of diversity affairs and Multicultural Engagement, said, “Denny’s remains committed to helping students succeed, and we’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation to reward and recognize such outstanding achievements and dedication to education.”

Each scholarship recipient shared their stories about how they have tried to make a difference. For example, Halle Stanley of Howard delivered gift baskets of food, clothes, toys and books to homeless men, women and children in Baltimore; Tamekia Daniels of South Carolina State helped pack 44,000 bags of dried food for an international hunger relief organization; Demitrius “D.J.” Onuaguluchi threw a party for the homeless where he collected clothes, grilled food and brought in a barber; and, Derrick Hobbs of Wiley College organized a campus food drive that collected more than 1,400 canned goods for the local food pantry.

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.

Joseph Stevens Jr. of Wiley College Receives the $1,500 Hercules Scholarship


Student: Joseph Stevens Jr.

Hometown : Port Arthur

GPA: 3.5

Classification/Major: Junior / Business Administration

Joseph Stevens Jr. named this week’s Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

Upon graduation, Joseph plans to attend NYU Stern to obtain his masters in Internal Business and reach his overall goal of becoming the CEO at a Fortune 500 Company. Joseph would also like to build a Boys and Girls Club in his hometown of Port Arthur,Texas.

At the Wiley College, Joseph is a member of the Wiley College Business Management Club , The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Vice President of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society. In the community Joseph serves as an usher at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

The most influential people in Joseph’s life are his parents. He says they taught him morals and values that have carried him throughout his life.

The motto he lives by  is “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13

Fort Valley State University is a Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month’ for November 2016

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January 8, 2016

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(Fort Valley, Ga.) – Fort Valley State University has been chosen as one of two Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’ for November 2016. Throughout the month of November 2016, the organization will promote raising funds for the university and highlight its programs and students. FVSU will share the honor with Albany State University.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio personality, formed the foundation in an ongoing effort to support historically black colleges and universities. The ‘Schools of the Month’ drive assists chosen institutions in broadening and strengthening their efforts to raise money to help students attending HBCUs.

As one of the ‘Schools of the Month,’ Fort Valley State University will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties in November for student scholarships. The show airs in more than 100 markets around the country and reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

Dr. Melody Carter, Fort Valley State’s vice president for External Affairs and executive director for the FVSU Foundation, Inc., said the initiative would be an exciting opportunity to encourage more support for FVSU student scholarships.

“Fort Valley State University always looks forward to partnering with the Tom Joyner Foundation” Carter said. “We will be rolling out exciting challenges to foster the spirit of competition to support student scholarships.”

Every week in November, the foundation also will award a $1,500 Hercules Scholarship to a qualified male student. The recipients will be announced on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and social media each Thursday morning.

To make a financial contribution to the Tom Joyner Foundation toward scholarships to serve FVSU students, visit On the donation page, in the Option area, click and scroll down to choose Fort Valley State University.


Fort Valley State University
Office of Marketing and Communications
(478) 825-6319,

About Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley State University is ranked among America’s best public institutions in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The university’s diverse population boasts nearly 3,000 students from all corners of the world. FVSU maintains exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree offerings in a variety of academic fields. These include, but are not limited to, agriculture, science, technology, engineering, education and mathematics; as well as programs for high-achievers: Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP), Honors Program, Undergraduate Research Program and University Today Scholar’s Program. FVSU students enjoy more than 80 academic, civic organizations and several honor societies. Study abroad opportunities are also available. FVSU is an 1890 land-grant institution within the University System of Georgia, and a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II league. Learn more by visiting

Support Our Scholars – National Alumnae Association of Spelman College

As 2015 comes to a close, the Tom Joyner Foundation thanks you for your support.

Better yet, these are some of the scholars you’ve helped!

The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College was the Foundation’s partner school last January.

Please join us in helping more. Donate today!

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  [ December 31st , 2014 – Dallas, TX.] Student: Erica Lamberson Hometown : Washington D.C Major/ Class: Comparative Women’s Studies/Film – Senior Erica Lamberson, a native of Washington D.C.  named Tom  Joyner Foundation “Buddy SCHOLAR” of the week. Erica  is a Senior, Comparative Women’s Studies/ Film major  and plans to become a Filmmaker . Erica is set more »

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