The Tom Joyner Foundation(r), a major driving force in raising money for historically black colleges since 1998, today announced the 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that it will raise money for in 2010.
The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, unveiled the names of the 2010 schools as part of its on-going effort to broaden and strengthen these institutions’ efforts to raise money to help keep students attending HBCUs.
As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’ next year, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The nationally syndicated radio show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.
“We’re excited to announce this year’s schools,” said Joyner, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute, who is the foundation’s chairman and host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “All of these schools have wonderful histories and traditions, and we want to make sure their students are able to stay in school and have the great experience, as I did, from graduating from a HBCU.”
This year’s schools are: Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL (January); Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC (February); Shaw University, Raleigh, NC (March); Voorhees College, Denmark, SC (April); Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (May); Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR (June); Paine College, Augusta, GA (July); North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC (August); Texas Southern University, Houston, TX (September); Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA (October); and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR (November).
Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has focused on its primary mission of helping to keep students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (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. Throughout the week, the Foundation announces scholarship winners on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner. Each week, separate financial awards are focused on students who are single parents, high achievers, and distinguished male students at the ‘School of the Month’. The organization’s largest annual fundraiser is its “Fantastic Voyage”™, which is a seven-day, six-night cruise that raises more than $1 million a year.