“WE ARE NSU”
Jason Gill, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, is the Tom Joyner Foundation ” Hercules Scholar” of the week.
Gill, a journalism major, plans to become a sports journalist with aims to create sports news for international distribution. Currently, he is the Editor-In-Chief of Norfolk State’s newspaper ” The Spartan Echo”.
Gill also mentors at a local youth center, volunteers at a homeless shelter and is a peer tutor. His favorite quote from General Colin Powell further elaborates on his drive and character, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic;it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
Norfolk State University is located in Norfolk, Va., has 6,728 students, offering more than 50 degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. On its 134-acre campus, there are 35 buildings, including state-of-the-art technology centers, a 28,000-seat football stadium and an 8,000-seat basketball arena.
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.