MVSU Named Tom Joyner School of the Month for August

August 16, 2016

Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) is the Tom Joyner Foundation’s (TJF) School of the Month for August 2016.

During the month of August, donations for MVSU will be prompted through the TJF’s radio station, website and social media. 

100% of the donations will help generate funds for MVSU.

Each week, a male student from the University will also be awarded the Hercules Scholarship.  The Hercules Scholars program, named in honor of Joyner’s father, serves to celebrate male students who exhibit academic excellence, leadership skills and community services.

Award recipients will be chosen by MVSU and announced on the Tom Joyner Morning Show every Thursday.

Dameon Shaw, interim vice president of University Advancement, said this recognition could not have come at a better time for MVSU.  “We have already gained momentum as far as enrollment,” he said.  “The University is getting stronger and stronger.”

According to Shaw, MVSU is extremely grateful for such a prestigious recognition.  “We are looking forward to August and all of the great things that will happen at the Valley,” he added. 

“Currently, the University is in the process of developing a Tom Joyner Foundation campaign to bring about awareness of our recognition.”

The TJF has provided support to every HBCU in its 18 year history to help sustain, and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions.  Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs.

Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, matching grants support, and career development to deserving students.

“TJF will help us to continue to support our students and gain national recognition,” said Shaw.  “MVSU is in the business of providing students with educational experiences that opens doors and provides an array of opportunities.”

“We are pleased that the TJF will continue to help us pursue our ongoing endeavors to increase enrollment and student achievement.

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