Foundation, Denny’s Announce Winners of Hungry for Education Scholarship

Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Announce Winners of

2015 Hungry for Education Scholarship

 Foundation, Denny’s are partners in the Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, awarding outstanding students with $30,000 in scholarships

 DALLAS (Feb. 10, 2015) – The Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, today announced the 12 winners of the 2015 Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, a partnership between the two organizations that supports students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Students from HBCUs around the country submitted 250 to 500 word essays describing their most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger. The winners’ schools and hometowns are:

Kiana Cole, junior, Howard University, from Pine Bluff, Ark.

Ashley Griggs, junior, Delaware State University, from Wilmington, Del.

Jarrett Harper, junior, Fisk University, from Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.

Trevor Holmes, freshman, Clark Atlanta University, from Nashville, Tenn.

Teylor Isome, freshman, Dillard University, from Cincinnati, Ohio

Paige Matthews, freshman, Bennett College, from Powder Spring, Ga.

Tiffany Provost-Holloway, senior, Fayetteville State University, from Concord, N.C.

Jimmitriv Roberson, freshman, Grambling State University, from Arcadia, La.

Alexander Smith,sophomore, Langston University, from Luther, Okla.

Kadijah Templeton, junior, Wiley College, from Longview, Texas

Vester Waters, junior, Mississippi Valley State University, from Detroit, Mich.

Shanay Wise, sophomore, Paul Quinn College, from Dallas, Texas

“I’m very impressed with each of these students’ proposals,” said Thomas Joyner Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “They’ve shown that you can do really well in your classes – and find ways to give back to the community.”

April Kelly-Drummond, Denny’s director of corporate diversity and community affairs, said Denny’s remains committed to helping students succeed.

 “We’re excited to see these students sharing their ideas on how to make a difference in their communities and in other people’s lives,” she said. “At Denny’s, we are proud to be able to provide resources to help these students succeed. As winners of this year’s Hungry for Education Scholarship program, these students demonstrated their commitment to their communities and to ending childhood hunger. Thanks to the Tom Joyner Foundation, our partner of more than a decade, who has worked with us to provide scholarships to these outstanding students all of who are helping us put an end to childhood hunger.”

Each scholarship recipient shared their stories about how they have tried to make a difference. For example, Kiana Cole at Howard created the PAPERBAG20 service project where she and other students prepare bag lunches that they hand out to homeless individuals. Shanay Wise of Paul Quinn College in Dallas led a team of volunteers to make a homemade, healthy Thanksgiving dinner for a local underserved families and she helped manage a community garden to ensure the community had access to fresh vegetables. Tiffany Provost-Holloway at Fayetteville State collected gift cards for the homeless and Alexander Smith at Langston cooks and serves food for his community several times a week.

About the Tom Joyner Foundation:

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 16-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. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guam, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.