Friday, November 2, 2007

Denny's and the Tom Joyner Foundation Launch a New Partnership in Support of Higher Education for Single Parents

Family restaurant chain Denny's, along with the Tom Joyner Foundation will host a Single Parent Student Summit today at Spelman College to provide students with resources, insights and advice on thriving as a single parent student. This event will celebrate the launch of a new partnership between Denny's and the Tom Joyner Foundation, one that will provide $1,500 weekly scholarships in 2008 to single parents attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The event will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Donda West, mother of hip-hop artist Kanye West, who will address ways to overcome the challenges faced by single parents pursuing a higher education. Following Dr. West's presentation, a panel discussion will provide audience members with personal perspectives on this critical topic.

Beginning in January 2008, a $1,500 scholarship will be awarded each week to a single parent attending the Tom Joyner Foundation's "School of the Month." This joint partnership is a reflection of Denny's and the Tom Joyner Foundation's shared belief that a commitment to higher education is the key to a better workforce and improved conditions for all communities.

"Single parents working towards an advanced degree face an entirely different set of challenges than do traditional students," said Thomas Joyner, Jr., president and CEO of the Tom Joyner Foundation. "Our goal is to provide these parents with support so that they do not have to sacrifice their education in order to provide for their families."

About the Tom Joyner Foundation:Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has focused on its primary mission of helping to keep students enrolled in HBCUs. The Foundation has raised more than $55 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges and has assisted more than 14,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. The organization's largest annual fundraiser is its "Fantastic Voyage"(TM), which is a seven-day, six-night cruise that raises more than $1 million a year.


Anonymous said...

There was a time when I would not step foot into Denny's due to its poor treatment of African American customers. Guess I'll have to reconsider...

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Joyner,
I’m requesting for someone to give me a lift up! I am a single mother of 3 kids (16yr.boy-3yr. & 8mth.girls) I admit I have made some wrong choices in my life, but my kids are not those wrong choices, they are my life. I want to be able to take care of them. I don’t want to lose my son to these streets because he is a well-behaved young man and I want to keep it that way. He so much wants to help but his education comes first. I don’t have a car or a job, where I live is not on the bus line so it’s been hard. I have been looking for work every where even over the internet because that’s what everyone is telling you to do now. I have applied for so many jobs from fast food to banking and nothing yet. Mr. Joyner, I want to work so I can take care of my family, pay my bills, get a car and make a decent future for my kids. But, when is it going to happening? Everyone says wait it’s coming, but I am about to be put out of my apartment and I have no where to go. My family has family of their own and has no room for me and mines. Called different churches to see if I could get funds and they each state that there aren’t any. God has been with me every step that I have taken, because by his grace I wouldn’t be here today. I have lived in this apartment now for only six months and my godmother is the one who actually got the apartment for me in her name because you guess it, my wrong choices got me bad credit. But, each month he has made a way for me to be able to pay my rent but this month I have ran out of resources and options. This time I’m stepping out of the box and asking for help. Wait, I hadn’t giving up my faith in him because without GOD there’s no hope. I pray everyday that this will be the day I become the mother my kids deserve. As you can see I’m not feeling good about myself right now. I don’t know where we will be in the next 2 weeks. Some of my family members are saying “go to a shelter” but a shelter won’t take my son, a 16 yr. old young man. What am I to do? This is my plea for help, I not asking for just a hand out, I’m asking for a hand up. If this is not possible well I can say I gave it my all and I will keep the FAITH. You can contact me @
Chenelle Moore

Anonymous said...

Normally you have to be Hispanic to apply to the Dennys single mom scholarships but I think this has changed - not sure. I too would shy away from Dennys for whatever reason but I may go there because of their scholarship program. When I see companies giving back to the community via scholarships and especially single mother scholarships it shows they care and this is what it's all about - giving back to the community that has supported Dennys for the last 50 years.