Genarlow Wilson Is Thankful for Second Chance

 Wilson Is Grateful to Tom Joyner Foundation Helping Him Pursue His Dreams

(DALLAS – May 17) Morehouse student Genarlow Wilson says he’s thankful to have a chance to get a college education and is excited about the future.

Wilson, who was scheduled to graduate on Sunday, will complete his coursework in July with a B.S. in Sociology. He is currently working on a book and is in the midst of looking for a job.

“I hit a little speed bump,” said Wilson, who was released from prison in October 2007 after serving two years of a 10-year-old sentence, “but I remain positive. At first, I was a little hurt because I had worked so hard this year.  … I want everyone to know that when you face some obstacles, you can’t let them keep you down. Sometimes you don’t get everything you want right away. You just have to work a little harder to get it.”

Click here to listen to his interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Tom Joyner, founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation, was among the many national voices who fought for Wilson’s release from prison.  So inspired by his story, Joyner provided a scholarship to Wilson to get his college degree.

“Everybody deserves a second chance,” said Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, “and Genarlow deserves one.  I’m cheering for him every step of the way.  He’s working hard to get that degree.”

About The Tom Joyner Foundation
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 assisted more than 20,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs, raising more than $60 million.  Throughout the week, the Foundation announces scholarship winners on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner. Each week, separate financial awards are focused on students who are single parents, high achievers, and distinguished male students at the ‘School of the Month’. To learn more about the Foundation, go to

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