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The Tom Joyner Foundation announced the “Full Ride” scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a historically Black college or university in the fall of 2017.

“The cost of a college education isn’t getting any cheaper,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his foundation and host of the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” “So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a Black college to pursue their dreams.”

Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website at

Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the foundation at P.O. Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. A United States Citizen

  2. Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the spring of 2017)

  3. Minimum high school grade-point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and minimum SAT score of 1400 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.

  4. Applied and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2017.

  5. Demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities.

The applications must be postmarked no later than Jan. 20, 2017. Interviews will be held in March 2017.