Florida A&M University (FAMU) biology/pre-med student Dyren Brown,18, has been named the second of five FAMU students who will receive a Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship during the month of January.
The scholarship is being awarded in conjunction with the foundation’s School of the Month recognition program, which highlights FAMU as its January “School of the Month.”
Joyner will announce the scholarship recipients each Thursday of this month. Brown was recognized on today’s airing of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”
Brown, a native of Orlando, Fla., holds a 4.0 GPA and hopes to attend the University of North Carolina School of Medicine after completing his undergraduate studies at FAMU. He plans to become a doctor and pursue a career in dermatology.
An avid believer in giving back to the community, Brown spends his free time volunteering at his local church, where he also serves as an usher and works in the nursery. Brown is also an athlete at heart and is preparing to tryout for the Rattler basketball team with hopes of attaining an athletic scholarship.
According to Brown, he chose to pursue medicine after realizing that many minorities lack the proper care and guidance needed to live healthy lives. He wants to use his role as a future doctor to enlighten the community.
“I want to be involved in health care to help people who are not readily exposed to certain health information," said Brown, whose high academic standards and community focus garnered him the Hercules Scholarship.
Although he is only a freshman, Brown is already making plans to make medical history. He is determined to be an innovator.
“I want to find better and quicker ways to treat stages of diseases that people have not found treatments for yet,” he said. “I want to discover new ways to stop diseases early on.”
Brown says he is well aware that accomplishing such a feat won't be easy, but he has already been taught to never give up on his goals by his father, the most influential person in his life.
“When the world says, ‘Give up,’ hope whispers ‘try it one more time.’ That way you can live life without any regrets,” said Brown, reciting his motto.
The Hercules Scholarship is awarded to male students who exhibit leadership skills, are active in the community and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA. Additionally, scholarship recipients must plan to embark in a career that will positively impact the quality of life of others.
As a part of the School of the Month recognition, the Tom Joyner Foundation will partner with FAMU throughout the year in a fundraiser that serves to challenge FAMU alumni and supporters to make record-breaking donations toward providing more scholarships to deserving students.
To donate scholarship dollars toward the FAMU School of the Month fundraiser or learn more about the Hercules Scholarship, visit: http://tomjoynerfoundation.org/donate.