DeAnte’ Spann of Alcorn State University named Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar”

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(Dallas – Nov 21) DeAnte’ Spann, a junior, elementary education major, reading and technology minor from Morton, Mississippi, this week was named a Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar”.

This future education administrator plans to focus on instructional technology and later become a college professor.

At Alcorn, DeAnte’ serves as the Director of Communications for the Residence Hall Association, is a member of the Ronald McNair Scholar Program, the Alcorn Chapter of NAACP, and the ASU Honor Society.

He lives by “the golden rule” as his motto for life and has done extensive research on African American Male Teachers in Rural School Settings.

Alcorn State University, in Lorman, MS, is the Foundation’s School of the Month for November which is part of its on-going effort to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities.

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 3.5, 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.

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation ( has focused on its primary mission of helping to keep students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). The Foundation 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.

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