Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla. has named five students as winners of “The Hercules Scholarship” as part of its on-going effort to help keep students in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
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.
Here are March’s scholars:
Tevin Abbney is a freshman math major from Wimauma, Fla. This honor student and future account has a 3.8 GPA and leads a neighborhood cleanup team, is a peer tutor, and volunteers at a local youth center. He lives by the motto, “Everything happens for a reason”. Abbney wants to challenge all young men to gain an education and be prepared to be productive citizens.
Alfred Mackle is a freshman mass communications major from Indianapolis, Ind. Mackle plans to be a media research analyst and sell his services to major networks and communications companies. At Edward Waters he is a member the football team, the campus ministry, is a peer tutor, and volunteers a local middle school.
Alonzo Cunningham is a sophomore music education major with a business administration minor from New Providence, Bahamas. This honor student plans to further his music education at the Berkley School of Music, and own a private music school. At Edward Waters, he is a member the track team, the marching band, the concert band and is a presidential scholar.
Alodante “Dante” Roberts is a freshman elementary education major from Miami, Fla. This honor student plans to become a teacher. Roberts said, “Teaching is such an honorable profession needing black male role models, so our children can learn from people who look like them.” At Edward Waters, Roberts is a peer tutor, volunteers at a local community center, and in the fall will try out for football and baseball.
Avery McClendon is a freshman biology major from Clermont, Fla. After graduate school, McClendon plans to be a physical therapist and incorporate healthy living with proper care of the body and mind. At Edward Waters, he is a member of the varsity football team, does community service at a local school, and is a peer tutor.