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FAMU Student is the First Recipient of the Tom Joyner Foundation Scholar of Honor Award
From left to right: Oscar Joyner, president and chief operating officer of REACH Media, Inc.; Afton Nealy; Crystal Worthem, multicultural marketing manager, Ford Brand; and FAMU President James H. Ammons

October 27, 2009

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ALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University senior Afton Nealy is the first recipient of the Tom Joyner Foundation new Scholar of Honor program.  The scholarship provides a $1,500 to a veteran of the Iraq or Afghan wars since Sept. 11, 2001, who is currently attending a historically black colleges or university (HBCU).

Nealy, a business administration major from Panama City, served in Iraq from 2003-2004 as a petroleum supply specialist.
 
“I was really excited when I found out that I received the scholarship,” said Nealy.  “This scholarship will definitely help with school.”

The scholarship is available to qualified recent veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and the National Guard and Reserves who have served since Sept. 11, 2001 in the Overseas Contingency Operation. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist military veterans who have enrolled in an HBCU to complete their education with costs that are not covered by the Montgomery GI Bill.
 
“This scholarship recognizes those men and women who have served our country who are trying to complete their education at a black college,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of the foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.  “This is our way of saying thanks for what they’ve done and to help them pursue their dreams.”

Oscar Joyner, president and chief operating officer of REACH Media, Inc., presented Nealy with the check during homecoming.

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