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NFL Hopeful, Engineering Student Receives Hercules Scholarship


Florida A&M University (FAMU) linebacker William “Luke” Helms is one step closer to fulfilling his dreams of becoming a petroleum engineer and pursuing a career in the NFL.

The Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded Helms,19, a $1,500 Hercules Scholarship to use toward books, tuition and on-campus living expenses. The scholarship is designed to encourage young men to complete their degree programs, in order to pursue a career field that will provide a better quality of life for others. 

Helms, a freshman, is the fifth student to receive the scholarship this month in conjunction with the university’s recognition as the Tom Joyner Foundation “School of the Month.” He was awarded the scholarship on today’s airing of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

A native of Milton, Fla., Helms acknowledges that reaching his goals requires a lot of sacrifice and hard work, but says he is willing to do what it takes to see them come into fruition.

“I may not be the smartest person or best player, but I work hard,” said Helms, who majors in mechanical engineering. “With my life, I want to let people know that there is no way around hard work. If they work hard, and do everything they can, they can make it happen. If you do the best you can, you know you have succeeded.”

According to Helms, his resolve and resilience are rooted in his faith in God.

“My faith is always first,” he said. “I try to do everything for an audience of one – God. It was the way I was raised. I was raised to do the best in everything I do and to know that success doesn’t depend on the amount of money you make, it depends on if you gave everything you’ve got, so that you have no regrets.”

The Hercules Scholarship is awarded to male students at historically black colleges and universities, who exhibit leadership skills, are active in the community and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.

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.
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