[Dallas, TX – October 9th,2014]
Student: Shawan Parks
Hometown : Montgomery
Major/ Class: Criminal Justice – Junior
Shawan Parks, a Junior at Alabama State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar for this week.
He is originally from Montgomery and currently has a 3.82 GPA. He is majoring in criminal justice and wants to pursue a career as a homicide detective. Shawan is very active on the campus of Alabama State with his membership in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He also can be found on the football field where he is a member of the Alabama State University Football team.
He lives by the motto : “Your life consist of a starting date and an end date. However the only thing that matters is what you have done in the dash in between them”
His major life influence is his father who has pushed him to work hard, be financial intelligent and obtain all your goals that you set in life.
Alabama State University is located in Montgomery, Ala., was founded in 1867 in Marion, Ala. The institution, formed as the Lincoln Normal School, is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education founded for black Americans.
The Alabama State new President is Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd. She is not only an alumnus of Alabama State, but is also the university’s first female president.
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.