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 (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, 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 www.dennys.com or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.

 

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An Old School Progressive Party With A Purpose with Jackson State University

An Old School Progressive Party With A Purpose

Celebrating The Old and The New

Friday, February 27, 2015

Three Venues for Triple the Fun!!!

If you’d like to attend, please complete the form below. Each person attending must purchase a ticket.

Proceeds of all events will be donated to Jackson State University.

If you cannot attend, you can make a donation. Just click on the button below.

Hosted by:

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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.

 

Deadline for Foundation, Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship Nears

Updated: 1/26/2015 2:58 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR THE TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION, DENNY’S PARTNER FOR HUNGRY FOR EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Denny’s & Foundation Also Announce Scholarship Program with Wilberforce

 DALLASDecember 12, 2014 – The deadline for the 2015 Tom Joyner Foundation / Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship Program is Wednesday, December 17.

The Foundation and Denny’s also announced that it will provide $25,000 scholarships to students who, in recent years, have had to leave school because they could not longer afford it. Denny’s CEO John Miller discussed both programs during an interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the nationally syndicated morning radio show that airs in more than 100 markets.

For the third year, the Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, have partnered for the Hungry For Education (HFE) scholarship program students attending selected Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

As part of the partnership, twelve (12) deserving students from HBCUs will receive a $2,500 scholarship from Denny’s and the Tom Joyner Foundation. The deadline is December 17th, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. Full-time students at any fully certified HBCU can apply for the scholarship. Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to 4.0. To be eligible to get a summer internship at Denny’s working on projects involving HBCUs, the 12 finalists will submit up to a 90-second video to further explain the details of their essay.

To apply, students must submit an essay of 200 words or less on the topic, “Describe your most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger.” To start the process, complete the form below.

This scholarship program, launched in 2013, is part of Denny’s “No Kid Hungry” Campaign, which is setting out to reduce the number of children who have access to regular meals. Statistics show 1 in 5 children in this country go hungry.

The Foundation will be reviewing applications and winners will be announced in February 2015.

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. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Denny’s

Denny’s is the franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, based on number of restaurants. Denny’s currently has almost 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world with combined sales of $2.5 billion including 100 restaurants in Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Chile, El Salvador and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit www.dennys.com and www.dennysdiversity.com.

Omega Psi Phi Celebrates Anniversary

Omega Psi Phi

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
 

Denny’s Corporation and Tom Joyner Foundation to Donate $25,000 in Scholarships to Students at Wilberforce University

As part of an on-going partnership with the Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), the Tom Joyner Foundation is donating $25,000 in scholarships to students with outstanding balances at Wilberforce University in Ohio.

The scholarship support is designated for Wilberforce University students who where were unable to return and complete their education due to financial short falls from Spring 2013 and prior. Wilberforce, based in Wilberforce, Ohio, is an Historically Black College and University, founded in 1856.

“These scholarships are a perfect example of our Foundation’s mission,” said Thomas E. Joyner, Jr., President and CEO, of the Foundation. “We help keep students complete their education at HBCUs so they can fulfill their dreams.”

John Miller, president and CEO of the Denny’s Corporation, is vice chair of the Wilberforce Board of Trustees.

“Our long-time partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation is a natural extension of our ongoing work with HBCU schools to celebrate the importance of education and help deserving sWilberforceLogotudents succeed on every level,” said John Miller, Denny’s president and chief executive officer. “Part of my role as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wilberforce University is to help support the development of students through a variety of scholarships and education initiatives that ensures their experience at Wilberforce is both inspiring and rewarding.”

The Foundation and Denny’s have partnered on numerous projects over the years, including the Hungry for Education Scholarship, where 12 students from HBCUs are eligible to each win a $2,500 scholarship for their interest in helping combat hunger.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, director, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation, 214.448.3765, neil.foote@tomjoynerfoundation.org.

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 17-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

Denny’s is the franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, based on number of restaurants. Denny’s currently has almost 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world with combined sales of $2.5 billion including 100 restaurants in Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Chile, El Salvador and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit www.dennys.com and www.dennysdiversity.com.
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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 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 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 http://tomjoynerfoundation.org

Foundation, Alabama State to Host Fundraiser at Atlanta Art Gallery

Photograph Dr. Boyd

The Alabama State University Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a  reception and fundraiser honoring Gwendolyn Boyd, the university’s president.

The “Art Affair” , a joint event between ASU MAAC and the Tom Joyner Foundation,  will take place between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18 at the ZuCot Gallery, 330 Chapel Street (corner of Centennial  Park and Chapel), Atlanta, Ga. 30313.

Click on the button below to make a donation of $25.00. If you are unable to attend the event, you may also donate any amount to help support Alabama State.

At the event, a percentage of any of the art sold will be donated to the Foundation to help ASU.

Alabama State University 'Art Affair' at ZuCot Gallery

 

 

 

Foundation, Denny’s Launch Scholarship

Updated: 1/26/2015 3:01 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

Students from Black Colleges Eligible to Win $30,000 in Scholarships for Submitting Their Experiences on Combating Hunger in their Communities

DEADLINE EXTENDED! 

Click here  for a guide on how to apply for the Tom Joyner Foundation /Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship. 

DALLASOctober 15, 2014 – The Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, have partnered for the third year for the Hungry For Education (HFE) scholarship program for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

As part of the partnership, twelve (12) deserving students from HBCUs will receive a $2,500 scholarship from Denny’s and the Tom Joyner Foundation. The program starts October 15th and ends December 17th, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. Full-time students at any fully certified HBCU can apply for the scholarship. Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to 4.0. To be eligible to get a summer internship at Denny’s working on projects involving HBCUs, the 12 finalists will submit up to a 90-second video to further explain the details of their essay.

To apply, students must submit an essay of 200 words or less on the topic, “Describe your most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger.” To start the process, complete the form below.

This scholarship program, launched in 2013 by John Miller, Denny’s president and CEO , is part of the company’s “No Kid Hungry” Campaign, which is setting out to reduce the number of children who have access to regular meals. Statistics show 1 in 5 children in this country go hungry. Denny’s is recognizing high school and college students for their efforts to come up with solutions to eliminate child hunger.

The Foundation will be reviewing applications and winners will be announced in February 2015. Scholarship support will also be awarded that month.

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. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Denny’s

Denny’s is the franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, based on number of restaurants. Denny’s currently has almost 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world with combined sales of $2.5 billion including 100 restaurants in Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Chile, El Salvador and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit www.dennys.com and www.dennysdiversity.com.

Tyson Foods to Award Three Tennessee State University Students Scholarships

 

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WHAT:           Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc., will be in Nashville, Tennessee, to award 3 Tennessee State University (TSU) Agricultural and Business students with the Tom Joyner Foundation—Tyson Foods scholarship. During his visit, Smith will also visit with TSU faculty and staff and particpate in additional career-based events. Photo and interview opportunities available.

WHEN:           Wednesday, October 1

                             11:00 a.m.

WHERE:         Tennessee State University

Presidential Executive dying Room

Floyd Payne Campus Center Suite 341

Nasvhille, TN

WHO:            Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith, Tom Joyner Foundation Executive Director Barbara Dunn Harrington, Tennessee State University faculty and administrators and scholarship recipients.

 WHY:             The event is significant because:

  • Tyson Foods has partnered up with Tennessee State University and the Tom Joyner Foundation to award Agriculture and Business students with scholarships and internship opportunities.
  • Tyson Foods employs over 4,300 in the state and has three plants–Goodlettsville, Shelbyville, and Union City. The company’s total statewide economic is more than $188 million.
  • The Tom Joyner Foundation—Tyson Foods Scholarship will award 12 students at historically black colleges and universities with $2,500 and internship opportunities.
  • The Tom Joyner Foundation, founded in 1998, supports historically black colleges and universities with scholarships, endowments, and capacity building enhancements.

 

 CONTACTS:             

Krista Cupp, Tyson Foods, Inc., 479-290-5195, krista.cupp@tyson.com