Application for the Tom Joyner Foundation

2009-2010 Full Ride Scholarship

The Full Ride Scholarship

The Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholarship is this organization’s most prestigious scholarship award. One scholarship will be awarded to a freshman entering a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the United States in the fall of 2010. The scholarship recognizes academic distinction as well as strong character and personal qualities. The recipient of the Full Ride Scholarship will receive full tuition waivers and stipends to cover room and board (on campus only) and books. The scholarship recipient will have to maintain a required 3.0 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and 15 credit hours per semester. The scholarship award will be renewed each semester up to ten (10) semesters.


1.) United States Citizen

2.) Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school in the Spring of 2010).

3.) Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and Minimum SAT score of 1300 (math and verbal only)/ or ACT score of 28.

4.) Applicants must have applied and been accepted into an HBCU by July 1, 2010.

5.) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

Selection Criteria

Students will be selected as finalists based on their academic accomplishments, intellectual and creative distinctions, extracurricular activities, letters of reference, and original essays. Finalists will be invited for a required interview with members of the Full Scholarship Selection Committee. Interviews will occur on or around April 2, 2010.

Application Deadline

The application must be typed and may be accessed at The application, together with ALL related documentation must be postmarked no later than January 23, 2010.