Tom Joyner Foundation Received $15,000 in Donations from Langston University Alumni for “School of the Month” Campaign

Alumni raise money to help underwrite scholarships, recruit students from Oklahoma

Langston University LogoThe Tom Joyner Foundation received $15,000 in donations from Langston University alumni supporting the April “School of the Month” campaign

During today’s nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, Venora W. McKinney, president of the Langston University National Alumni Association, announced its $5,000 donation. Vonnie Ware Roberts, president of the university’s Oklahoma City alumni chapter, donated $10,000.  Click here to listen lo the alumni donations.

“We are so proud to be part of the School of the Month for April,” McKinney said when presenting the donation. “Langston is an unusually deserving institution.”

Roberts said, “We are excited about this. We’ll use these funds to recruit students from the Oklahoma area.”

Alfonzo Drain, chair of the alumni association’s scholarship committee, said, “Last year, we awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships. … We’re hoping alumni will be motivated to give.”

Leon Bragg, president-elect, Langston University National Alumni Association, “I would like to encourage especially all the graduates to show your pride and joy by going to the Tom-Joyner-Foundation-Dot-Org to and supporting Langston University. … It shouldn’t be so difficult for you to recall when you were a student. So, please, reach out.”

Established in 1897, Langston University is the only historically black institution of higher education in the state of Oklahoma. A four-year, state-supported, land-grant, regional institution, it has an average enrollment of approximately 3,000 students on campuses located in Langston, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. The University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

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.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation,, 214.448.3765.  To make a donation to Langston, click on the “Donate” button on


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