The Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship

$2,500Award Amount
10Number of Awards
12/31/2022Submission Deadline

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The Tom Joyner Foundation’s mission is to help students afford to go to college. They support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and provide programs that allow students of all economic and social backgrounds to attend.

With over $69 million raised since 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has provided scholarships for over 29,000 students at HBCUs. This $2,500 scholarship is for students currently attending an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in the United States.

This scholarship is awarded in collaboration with Denny’s Hungry for Education program. The Denny’s HFE is a project that was established in 2011 to promote and encourage education while also ending childhood hunger. Every year the program awards a number of scholarships with various partners.

Key Information of The Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship

Study Details

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

HBCU Institutes

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


The Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship Timeline

May 2022

Application Open Date

The applications open in early May.

December 2022

Submission Deadline

The final submission deadline is at the end of the year.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic, Black

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • * None

How to ace the The Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship


Have an outstanding academic record

Since the scholarship is very competitive, having an outstanding academic record can place you ahead of the other applicants.


Showcase your leadership skills

One of the main evaluation criteria for this scholarship is leadership traits. Leadership traits can be demonstrated through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities. When applying for this scholarship, you should highlight your community service and extracurricular activities.


Review your application thoroughly

Ensure that your application is reviewed by trusted people is critical. You should endeavor to get trusted individuals to review your application to check for grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and punctuation errors.


Seek help from alumni

The Tom Joyner Foundation has alumni in each of the HBCUs. Seeking help from alumni can tailor your application to appeal to the scholarship body.

How the The Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship is Judged

The applicant must have excellent academic results and demonstrate leadership abilities. These are the evaluation criteria for the Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship.

Why We Love the The Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship


Supports HBCUs

By offering the scholarship to students at HBCUs only they help encourage students to attend these schools. The more support these schools get, the more qualified diverse students enter the workforce.


Access to a huge alumni body

This scholarship gives you access to join the alumni body of 107 HBCUs in the United States.


Also supports a great cause

This is part of the Denny’s Hungry for Education program which not only encourages and promotes education but also aims to end childhood hunger.

5 Facts About the Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship


The scholarship is renewable

The scholarship award is renewable every semester throughout your stay in college.


The scholarship is not degree-specific

The scholarship has no limitation as to the degree you choose to study in college.


The funding is given to the institution

The scholarship award is not given to the student directly, but to the HBCU institution in which the awardee is located.


Access to community programs

The Foundation's Fantastic Voyage program aims to keep students in historically black colleges and universities while also encouraging a culture of learning and community that benefits all awardees.


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