Tallahassee, FL. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been selected as the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month for January 2008. The Tom Joyner Foundation, a major driving force in raising money for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) since 1998, will host an aggressive fundraising campaign for FAMU.
Donations are being accepted now. All donations received through the end of January 2008 will count towards the campaign. To make a donation to FAMU, checks should be payable to the FAMU Foundation, Inc., Post Office Box 6562,Tallahassee, Florida, 32314 and in the memo line put Tom Joyner School of the Month.
The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, said FAMU was chosen as part of its ongoing effort to assist FAMU in broadening and strengthening its efforts to raise money to help keep students attending FAMU.
As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month, FAMU will receive funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties during the month of January 2008. Throughout the month, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which airs in 115 markets around the country reaching nearly eight million listeners every week, will promote the university and award scholarships to deserving students.
“The foundation is really happy to work with FAMU,” said Tom Joyner, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute and the foundation chairman. “The college has a wonderful history and this foundation is all about making sure students are able to stay in school.”
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.
“We are extremely excited about our selection as a school of the month,” said FAMU President James H. Ammons. “We want to set a new record for this campaign and we are confident that our alumni, friends and supporters will make it happen. Increasing the number of scholarships for our students is a high priority.”
FAMU, founded on October 3, 1887, as the State Normal College for Colored Students, began classes with fifteen students and two instructors. Its destiny is to become an institution of higher learning, striving toward even greater heights of academic excellence. Today, Florida A&M University is one of 11 institutions in Florida's State University System, and excellence - "excellence with caring" - remains its goal.
For more information, call (850) 599-3491.
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