TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) has raised more than $1 million toward its goal of $1.5 million for the Tom Joyner Foundation breaking a record for raising more money than any other historically black college or university.
“I’m extremely excited about the level of support we have received from our alumni, friends and corporations,” said FAMU President James H. Ammons. “I was confident that Florida A&M University could set a new record. Increasing the number of scholarships for students is one of my top priorities.”
In January, FAMU kicked off the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month’s Tenth Year Anniversary. FAMU students received scholarships every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during the month. There were also on-air presentations made during the month including a presentation by FAMU President James H. Ammons.
Although FAMU was the January School of the Month for the Tom Joyner Foundation, the university has until December 31, 2008, to reach its $1.5 million goal. Currently, fundraising activities are being implemented which includes a telethon, a direct mail campaign and online giving.
The FAMU fundraising campaign includes all stakeholders. The National Alumni Association has conducted a nationwide Alumni Chapter Challenge and each college, school and institute at FAMU has also been allotted goals to help the university reach its goal.
To contribute to FAMU’s Tom Joyner Foundation Campaign, interested individuals can contact the Office of University Relations at (850) 599-3491.
About the Tom Joyner Foundation
The Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $25 million over the past seven years to help thousands of students at some 80 colleges. The foundation has assisted every HBCU, which is defined as any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was and is the education of black Americans.
About Florida A&M University
Florida A&M University (FAMU) was founded on October 3, 1887, as the State Normal College for Colored Students. FAMU began classes with 15 students and two instructors. Today, Florida A&M University is part of the State University System of Florida and has an enrollment of 12,000 students.
A four-year, public, co-educational institution, FAMU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The main campus is comprised of 422 acres located on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida.
The University offers 63 bachelor’s degrees in 94 majors/tracks, and 37 master’s degrees with 50 majors/tracks and one specialist degree program. The university has 13 schools and colleges and 1 institute. FAMU offers three professional degrees: the JD, PharmD, and the doctor of physical therapy. FAMU has 11 doctoral degree programs including 10 Ph.D. degrees and 1 doctor of Public Health.
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