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FAMU student Emmanuel Emerson receives Tom Joyner Foundation scholarship


Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Business and Industry student Emmanuel Emerson’s commitment to academic excellence and community service is paying off – literally.

Today, Emerson was named the fourth of five FAMU students to receive the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship during the month of January. 

Tom Joyner, radio personality, philanthropist and founder of the foundation, recognized Emerson on today’s airing of the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

Next Thursday, Joyner will announce the final scholarship recipient.

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.”

Emerson will receive a $1,500 scholarship to use toward tuition, books and on-campus living. He maintains a 3.9 GPA, while serving as a resident assistant and an active member of the Chief Financiers Organization and National Association of Black Accountants.

Upon graduation, Emerson plans to pursue a career in the financial industry and hopes to serve as a leader in guiding others toward financial awareness and stability.

According to Emerson, he is using his time at FAMU to get a head start on accomplishing his goals.

“I have organized finance seminars to help educate students on how they can successfully manage their resources to build and protect their wealth for the future,” said Emerson a junior from Indianapolis.

Personal and professional growth is a top priority for the 20-year-old.

He said he strives to live by the motto, “Seek to be better than everyone else and you will go far. Seek to be better than yourself and you’ll be limitless.”

After learning of his selection as a Hercules Scholarship recipient, Emerson said he felt honored to represent FAMU in a positive way and wants his accomplishments to inspire others to be successful.

“It is my hope that my achievements provide others with the inspiration to achieve their own goals and reach their highest potential,” Emerson said.

To be eligible for the Hercules Scholarship, male students must exhibit leadership skills, be active in the community and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA. In addition, Hercules scholars must plan to work in a career field 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.


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