First Hercules Scholar from Winston Salem – Future United States Air Force Officer

Tom Joyner Scholarship Recipient Tristen Johnson

[Dallas, TX – March 5th, 2015]

Student: Tristen Johnson

GPA : 3.6

Hometown : Charlotte, NC

Major/ Class: Economics – Finance / Junior

Tristen Johnson ,a Junior at Winston Salem State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Tristen Johnson is originally from Charlotte North Carolina and currently has a 3.6 GPA. He is majoring in Economics at Winston Salem State University. His future goal after earning his degree at  Winston Salem , he wants to join the United State Air Force and also get his Masters in Economics. Tristen is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and he is also a Chancellor Scholar.  He is also a member of the Mister Honors Program at WSSU.  He also mentions that the most influential people in his life are his parents and grandparents. They have instilled in him that there is no obstacle to big to overcome.

He lives by the motto : “Things happen ; However, if it doesn’t kill you, keep moving”. #WSSULove

Winston-Salem State University was founded in 1852. In 1925, Winston-Salem State became the first African-American institution in the nation to grant elementary education teaching degrees and today, the University offers a Motorsports Management major. This award winning program is the nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree program dedicated to Motorsports management. The University’s undergraduate and graduate programs offer more than 40 majors for which graduates are prepared and ready to serve in their prospective fields. Notable alumni include: Louise Smith, an educator who established the first kindergarten program in North Carolina, former NBA basketball star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and talk show host, television personality, and former American sports journalist, Stephen A. Smith.


Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.