Langston University Student Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation

Darrien Watson

[Dallas, TX – December 11, 2014]

Student: Darrien Watson

Hometown : Monticello, Arkansas

Major/ Class: Health and Physical Education / Freshman

Darrien Watson, a Freshman at  Langston University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Darrien is originally from Monticello , Arkansas and currently has a 3.07 GPA. He is majoring in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Chemistry.  His other  activities consist of  being a volunteer as a football coach at a local school and serves as a peer tutor.

He lives by the motto : “take the road less traveled”

Langston University, in Langston, Okla., is the Foundation’s School of the Month for April which is part of its on-going effort to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities.

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.

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 raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges, has assisted more than 25,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. Each week, the Foundation announces outstanding male student scholarship winners, called Hercules Scholars, on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner.

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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.