Tom Joyner Foundation Awards Southern University Scholar $1,500 Hercules Scholarship


[Dallas, TX – November 13, 2014]


Student: Erik Angel

Hometown : Monroe , LA

Major/ Class: Nursing , Junior

Erik Angel, a Junior at  Southern University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Erik is originally from Monroe, Louisiana and currently has a 3.746 GPA. He is majoring in Nursing and is working towards his career goal is to become a Nurse Anesthetist to follow in his mothers foot steps.  After completing college he wants to return to his hometown and become a Registered Nurse. At Southern University  his activities consist of  being a member of the Student Government Association, Southern University Honors College, and the Southern Regional Honors Council.  The most influential person to him,  is his Mother. He is encouraged by her hard work and her ability to overcome obstacles to be successful.

He lives by the motto : “Carpe Diem” 

More About Southern University

SU began in New Orleans in 1880 and moved to Baton Rouge in 1914. SU is the  largest of the five-campus Southern University System and the only historically black university system in the U.S. The acting chancellor of SU is Mr. Flandus McClinton, Jr. who is an alumnus of SU where he received his B.S. degree in accounting in 1971.

Southern University (SU), located in Baton Rouge, La., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for November. Click here to make a donation to support Southern University.

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.

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Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.