Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tom Joyner Foundation Aims to Increase Number of Black Men at HBCUs

Tom Joyner, radio host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, announced last week that his foundation, the Tom Joyner Foundation, will begin a new scholarship program that aims to increase the number of black men attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCU's).

The number of black men attending historically black colleges and universities has increased in recent years, but still lags behind black women, national studies show.

Beginning with the month of July, one $1,500 scholarship is being offered each week to a male student at a HBCU selected as the college of the month.
Thomas Joyner, Jr., head of the foundation, says “we wanted to do something that directly helps encourage brothers to go school and also help keep them there.” He said foundation board members decided to initiate the new program because of their concerns over the disparities in the number of black men in college and also the increasing number of black men involved in negative activities. “We know there are a lot of black brothers out there doing the right things, and we want to highlight them,” Joyner said.

Since 1998, the foundation has raised more than $55 million to help keep students enrolled at HBCUs.