|Posted by Alonda Nicole on January 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM|
Tom Joyner Foundation names FAMU ‘School of the Month’
University to receive scholarship dollars, kick-off alumni fundraising campaign
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Tom Joyner Foundation has namedFlorida A&M University (FAMU) it’s January 2014 “School of the Month.”
The “School of the Month” recognitionwill make FAMU the first of 11 historically black colleges and universities(HBCUs) slated to receive scholarship dollars for its students through thefoundation’s Hercules Scholarship Program in 2014.
In addition to the Hercules Scholarship,FAMU has also been selected to partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation in afundraising campaign, which kicks off on the first day of the New Year. Duringthe campaign, 100 percent of funds raised by the foundation on behalf of FAMUwill be sent directly to the university. Assistance from the foundation willalso be available throughout the year to support the university’s initiatives toensure its sustainability.
“We’re proud to have Florida A&M as ourJanuary ‘School of the Month,’” said Tom Joyner, founder and chairman of the TomJoyner Foundation. “FAMU has a wonderful legacy and a rich tradition ofpreparing students to become our future teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists,politicians and business leaders.”
Each Thursday in January, during theairing of his nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Joyner willaward a $1,500 Hercules Scholarship to a male FAMU student, who exhibitsleadership skills, is active in the community and maintains at least a 3.5 GPA.Additionally, the scholarship recipient must plan to embark in a career that will positively impact the quality oflife for others.
The Hercules Scholarship is designed toassist male students with offsetting college expenses and to encourage them tocomplete their college education. The scholarship can be utilized for tuition,books and on-campus living.
The Hercules Scholarship has significantmeaning on FAMU’s campus, as its namesake, the late Hercules Joyner, who is TomJoyner’s father, graduated from the former Florida A&M College (FAMC) witha Bachelors of Science in chemistry. From FAMC, he went on to participate inthe Tuskegee Airmen training program, embarked on a career in accounting, andserved the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, Ala. for most of hiscareer.
“We look forward to our studentsreceiving the Hercules Scholarship to continue his legacy of ‘excellence withcaring,’” said Thomas Haynes, FAMU’s vice president for university advancement.
The university will release the names ofthe five scholarship recipients in January.
Corresponding with the announcement ofthe scholarship recipients on his radio show, Joyner will also use the month ofJanuary to promote FAMU to his listening and online audiences and challengethem, along with FAMU alumni, supporters and corporate sponsors, to log on tothe foundation’s website to donate an amount of their choice to the university.The foundation will also make available offline donation options, such aschecks and payroll deductions for specified government employees. Donations towardthe campaign will be accepted towards the campaign through December 2014.
The Tom Joyner Foundation/School of theMonth campaign will coincide with the university’s National Alumni Challenge Campaign.According to Haynes, the Alumni Challenge will also kick-off in January and isdesigned to encourage alumni to increase their charitable efforts toward theuniversity, with the goal of making FAMU the No.1 HBCU in the nation in regardsto alumni giving. Haynes is hoping to reach a goal of at least 25,000 donorsfrom around the country in 2014.
According to Haynes, working with the TomJoyner Foundation to increase scholarship dollars and alumni giving helps togive the university an extended reach.
“The decline in state and federalresources have created an imperative for the university to raise morescholarship support,” Haynes said. “It is important to tap every networkpossible, and Tom Joyner has been a proven partner in helping to raiseawareness and support for FAMU.”
In 2008, FAMU also held the honor ofbeing named a “School of the Month” by the foundation. During that year, alumniand supporters rallied together and raised more than one million dollars,breaking the record for the most money raised by an HBCU under the School ofthe Month Program.
Founded in 1998, the Tom JoynerFoundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolledin black colleges and universities and has directly assisted more than 29,000 students and 100 HBCUs.
For more information on the School of theMonth/Hercules Scholarship Programs or to get a head start on your donation, visit:http://tomjoynerfoundation.org/hbcu-news/ or contact the FAMU Office of UniversityAdvancement at (850) 599-3860.