Tyson Foods to Award Three Tennessee State University Students Scholarships




WHAT:           Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc., will be in Nashville, Tennessee, to award 3 Tennessee State University (TSU) Agricultural and Business students with the Tom Joyner Foundation—Tyson Foods scholarship. During his visit, Smith will also visit with TSU faculty and staff and particpate in additional career-based events. Photo and interview opportunities available.

WHEN:           Wednesday, October 1

                             11:00 a.m.

WHERE:         Tennessee State University

Presidential Executive dying Room

Floyd Payne Campus Center Suite 341

Nasvhille, TN

WHO:            Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith, Tom Joyner Foundation Executive Director Barbara Dunn Harrington, Tennessee State University faculty and administrators and scholarship recipients.

 WHY:             The event is significant because:

  • Tyson Foods has partnered up with Tennessee State University and the Tom Joyner Foundation to award Agriculture and Business students with scholarships and internship opportunities.
  • Tyson Foods employs over 4,300 in the state and has three plants–Goodlettsville, Shelbyville, and Union City. The company’s total statewide economic is more than $188 million.
  • The Tom Joyner Foundation—Tyson Foods Scholarship will award 12 students at historically black colleges and universities with $2,500 and internship opportunities.
  • The Tom Joyner Foundation, founded in 1998, supports historically black colleges and universities with scholarships, endowments, and capacity building enhancements.



Krista Cupp, Tyson Foods, Inc., 479-290-5195, krista.cupp@tyson.com

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