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.