Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholars

Full Ride Scholarship

The Full Ride Scholarship is the Foundation’s most prestigious scholarship award to date. One (1) scholarship is awarded to a freshman entering a HBCU in the respective year’s fall semester. The scholarship recognizes academic distinction as well as strong character and personal qualities. The recipient of the Full Ride Scholarship receives full tuition waivers and stipends to cover on campus room and board and books. The scholarship recipient must maintain a required 3.0 GPA based on a 4.00 scale and 15 credit hours per semester. The scholarship award is renewed each semester up to 10 semesters.

2008 Winner– Britney Wilson: The native of Brooklyn, NY is a Phi Beta Kappa English Major from Howard University headed to law school. She maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average during her time at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and distinguished herself with many accomplishments. During her years at Howard, Wilson became a conscientious scholar and active in all facets of the community. She has been president of the campus’ Sterling Brown English Society, a columnist and opinions editor at “The Hilltop Newspaper,’ and was a 1st place winner in the undergraduate division of the S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition where she presented a paper entitled, “Every Woman in No Man’s Land: Triumphs of the Modern Black Woman at the Expense of the Black Male Character in the Works of Lynn Nottage”.  She also is a former columnist for The Hilltop, the university’s campus newspaper, and worked diligently to advocate the rights for physically challenged students on campus.

2009 Winner– Blaine Robertson attends Howard University.  He attended East St. John High School in Reserve, about 40 miles west of New Orleans.  He was president of the student council, band captain, and varsity soccer captain. He also participated in the school’s peer mediator program, in which he helps resolve disputes among his schoolmates. Robertson plans to use his intellect as a math teacher.

2010 Winner – Cheynne Boyce is a student at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. She is ranked No. 1 at Detroit’s highly competitive Cass Technical High School where she is studying international relations, the environment and music. She graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and studied Japanese throughout high school, including traveling to the country last summer where she lived with a family. She plays the cello and is headed to New York to perform.

  • Darlene Henderson

    Hi, Mr. Joyner,

    My son just graduated high school. Instead of feeling elate, I’m afraid my soon has a sense of mediocrity because he wants to go to college but his dad has been pushing him to go to a trade school.

    He’s been accepted at SI’S College Of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

    Because his dad has always encouraged him to go to a trade school., he did not feel he was college material. Therefore, he did not apply for grants and scholarships.

    I’m not sure what lit a fire under my son to aspire to go to college.

    Despite my husband ‘pooh-poohing’ college and telling his son he won’t pay for him to go, I have ALWAYS encouraged college!

    I spent money I didn’t have to send him to music classes, and other extracurricular activities to ensure my kids were more rounded and to avoid the unsavory distractions in our neighborhood.

    Please, Please, Please consider helping my son with a scholarship to college before the light fades completely from his beautiful eyes.

    He studied classical piano from the age of 4 to 15, percussion 2 – 3 yrs, 3 yrs in his high school. Because he was the ONLY kid in the band that could read music, the band teacher had him teaching cadences to his fellow band members!

    I’m disabled and receive a nominal amount in disability.. Otherwise, I’d send my son to college ad beyond.

    From My Heart To Yours,

    D. H.

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