PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Tom Joyner Foundation will feature the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) as its School of the Month (TJSOM) for June. More than ever, the Tom Joyner Foundation is committed to the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities because they continue to play an important part of educating our nation’s youth and producing future doctors, lawyers, business executives, scientists and philanthropists. Even as the country is working its way out of one of its toughest economic periods in decades, the Foundation has been working with HBCUs around the country in various ways through programs, scholarships and capacity building.
According to the Foundation, each month the Foundation designates a Historically Black College/University to receive its support. The scholarship support money is sent directly to the HBCU for students. The scholarships are awarded to the students through the Financial Aid Department at the HBCU based on financial need and other requirements from the school and the donor.
As the TJSOM, UAPB will use its fundraising efforts to support the Tom Joyner Scholarship at UAPB.
“At this time we need alumni, faculty, students, local community and everyone who has a desire to help students to give to the school of the month initiative,” said Dr. Margaret Martin-Hall, Director of University Relations and Development and Title III. “We ask that all UAPB supporters help by giving and encouraging others to give as well.”
In 1988, the Tom Joyner Foundation began giving financial scholarships to African American students who were in need at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. To date, the foundation has raised and given away over $50 million in assistance to thousands of students. According to the organization, each HBCU selected for this honor will provide at least 100 scholarships.
To give online to the Tom Joyner Scholarship at UAPB during the School of the month initiative, visit http://tomjoynerfoundation.org/donate/ . Checks are also accepted and should be made payable to Tom Joyner SOM – UAPB and mailed to Tom Joyner Foundation, 13760 Noel Road, Suite 750, Dallas, TX 75240
For more information about the initiative, contact the University Development Office at (870) 575-8701.