Tom Joyner Foundation Offers ‘Full Ride’ Scholarship

L-R: Christine Giglio, Tom Joyner, Jo Anna Jones, and Andrew Young (seated).

Dallas, TX — 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 2017.

“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 Tom Joyner Morning 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 2015 recipient JoAnna Jones of Asheville, North Carolina. Jones attended Early College High School and is also a graduate of an Associates’ of Arts Degree from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College.

She became inspired to pursue a career in the medical field after participating in the Minority Medical Mentoring Program, where she had a chance to shadow members of the medical field everyday after school. Jones is attending Winston-Salem State University, where she is pursuing a degree in nursing.

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.

Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at PO 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 2017)
  • 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 1400 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.
  • 4) Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2017.
  • 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 20, 2017. Interviews will occur in March 2017.

Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website at


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