Kentucky State University named May’s School of the Month


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The Tom Joyner Foundation is recognizing Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY as the May 2013 School of the Month.

The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, chose Kentucky State as part of its on-going effort to assist these institutions in broadening and strengthening their efforts to raise money to help keep students attending HBCUs.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

Kentucky State University is a liberal arts and 1890 land-grant university. It is the only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the state of Kentucky.

Since opening its doors on Oct. 11, 1887, Kentucky State has provided opportunity and access to all students while reminaing true to its mission.

Kentucky State started out as an idea on Oct. 15, 1885. A conference was called to discuss issues critical to the social welfare of America and the state. This conference for leaders in Kentucky called for the need of more normal schools to train African American teachers for the African American elementary schools in the Commonwealth.

Today, over 122 years later, the school has changed from an institution that focused solely on training teachers to one of a comprehensive university with a variety of majors students can choose from. While staying true to its liberal roots, Kentucky State also offers training in professional fields such as nursing and public administration. The school is also a diverse mix making Kentucky State the most diverse public institution in the Commonwealth.

The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: June – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR; July – Dillard University, New Orleans, LA; August – Savannah State University, Savannah, GA; September – Grambling State University, Grambling, LA; October – North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC; November – Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS.

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