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Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholar Chooses FAMUs Biological Engineering Program Over More Than 100 Colleges and Universities


Titus Zeigler, a senior at Atlanta’s Henry W. Grady High School, could have chosen to attend any historically black college or university (HBCU) in the nation – but he chose Florida A&M University (FAMU).

Zeigler is the recipient of the Tom Joyner Foundation’s Full Ride Scholarship, which provides the nation’s top graduating high school seniors with funding to pay for full tuition, on-campus living and books for up to ten semesters at any HBCU of their choice.

To qualify for the Full Ride Scholarship, students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, a minimum combined SAT score of 2100 or ACT score of 30, and demonstrate leadership through community service and extracurricular activities. Zeigler was selected out of more than 100 applicants and is required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA while attending FAMU.

Zeigler, a high scorer on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test, plans to study biological engineering upon his arrival at FAMU this fall and aspires to become a trauma surgeon.

He is a battalion commander in Grady’s Junior ROTC program and a member of the National Guard. He volunteers frequently at the local food bank and serves as mentor and tutor for local middle school students.

“I’ve always been interested in FAMU just because so many people in my family had gone,” said Zeigler. “But, when I looked into it, I saw that [FAMU] actually had really good biology and biological engineering programs. I spoke with some students and some professors and I liked what I heard – that’s when I made my decision.”

President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., welcomed and congratulated Zeigler during this morning’s airing of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which announced his selection as a Full Ride Scholar and decision to attend FAMU

“We look forward to seeing you on the ‘Hill,’” Mangum said.


Photo: Titus Zeigler with radio personality and philanthropist Tom Joyner and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.



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