Spelman College Student Receives $1,500 Buddy Scholarship from Tom Joyner Foundation


Erica Lamberson

Erica Lamberson

[ December 31st , 2014 – Dallas, TX.]

Student: Erica Lamberson

Hometown : Washington D.C

Major/ Class: Comparative Women’s Studies/Film – Senior

Erica Lamberson, a native of Washington D.C.  named Tom  Joyner Foundation “Buddy SCHOLAR” of the week.

Erica  is a Senior, Comparative Women’s Studies/ Film major  and plans to become a Filmmaker . Erica is set to graduate in May and she will let her passion steer her  as she pursues a multifaceted path in creative directing. She wants to contribute to society through multimedia and creating films that make  “socio- political statements”.  At Spelman College she is  the creative genius for the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and she is also a founding member of the make it matter activity collective. Erica lamberson currently has a 3.9 GPA and is very active on the campus and in the community of Spelman College.

Erica goes on to say that her cousin is one of the biggest influences in her life. After his loss with cancer it inspired her to follow her passion and change her major to focus on her true academic, professional, and social interest.

She lives by the motto   “I am because we are, we are because I am  – Ubuntu 

More About Spelman College and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College: 

Spelman College is located in  is a four-year liberal arts women’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Spelman is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) is the official organization that supports Spelman College, a historically black college for women, through financial gifts, student recruitment, sisterhood, community service, and recognition of Spelman women.

Read more about the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College 

What is the Buddy Scholarship?

The Buddy Scholarship  is named after Joyner’s mother, the late Buddy Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education. To be a candidate for the scholarship, students must be female, 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 her  race. The scholars each receive a scholarship grant of $1,500 that is paid directly to their school to help offset their college expenses.

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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.