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 20-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.
All students deserve the chance to attend college so they can succeed in life. Therefore, it is the vision of the Tom Joyner Foundation to provide programming that affords diverse academic opportunities to students wanting and/or attending HBCU’s, regardless of social or economic status and means.
To provide programming initiatives and partnerships in support of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and its communities.
- Provide diverse academic opportunities for HBCU students to become global citizens
- Provide HBCU students with scholarships and access to special programs to help them complete their college degrees
- Provide programming to expand knowledge of the arts
- Develop initiatives to strengthen HBCUs through capacity-building and marketing
- Develop programs that strengthen ties between HBCUs and the communities where they are housed