Albany State Names Hercules Scholar

Albany State University, Albany, Ga.
The Tom Joyner Foundation has named Cornelius Shelton, a junior business management major from Camilla, Ga., a Hercules Scholar during the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Founded in 1903, Albany State, based in Albany, Ga., has more than 4,100 students who are majoring in a wide variety of subjects, including business, education and health, science and physical education.

The Hercules Scholarship is named after Joyner’s father, the late Hercules Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education. To be a candidate for the scholarship, students must be male, attend a Foundation “School of the Month”, have a grade point average of at least 3.0, and be a campus leader involved in the community with a career goal toward making a difference in the quality of life for his race. The scholars each receive a scholarship grant of $1,500 that is paid directly to their school to help offset their college expenses.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education includes ASU in its list of Top 100 Degree Producers for 2009 in the Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers. The rankings include:

  • 3rd for African-American graduates with bachelor’s degrees in education.
  • 21st for African-American graduates with bachelor’s degrees in the physical sciences.
  • 21st for total minority graduates with bachelor’s degrees in education.

Shelton is an honor student and future business owner who plans to be a successful entrepreneur and create partnerships to encourage those in need. At Albany State, Shelton finds time to be active in Students In A Free Enterprise, the SGA, the Student Activities Advisory Board, and mentors at a local youth center.

Shelton, lives by the motto, “Once you know better, you do better”.