2015 Tom Joyner Foundation "Full Ride" Scholarship
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 11/20/2014, 7:01 a.m.
Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) -- The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the 'Full Ride' scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2015.
"The cost of a college education isn't getting any cheaper," said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated radio show. "So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams."
Past Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including last year's winner the first winner, Titus Zeigler, who was a top student at Atlanta's Henry W. Grady High School. The future trauma surgeon was a member of the Junior ROTC program, tutored kids at a local middle school and volunteered for the Atlanta Food Bank. Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who graduated from Howard University, and she is now in her second year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania. Cheyenne Boyce of Detroit is now a senior at Spelman College, where she is an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese.
Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website at www.tomjoynerfoundation.org to complete the application. Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at P.O. Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.
To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:
1) A United States Citizen
2) Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the spring of 2015).
3) Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and Minimum SAT score of 2100 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.
4) Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2015.
5) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.
The applications must be postmarked no later than January 16th, 2015. Interviews will occur in April 2015.
Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. You can learn more at www.tomjoynerfoundation.org