Atlanta Teen Wins Tom Joyner Foundation® ‘Full Ride’ Scholarship to HBCU

Edited by Titus Falodun | 4/18/2014, 10:41 a.m.
Titus Zeigler, a top student at Atlanta’s Henry W. Grady High School, is the winner of the Tom Joyner Foundation® ...
Left to right: Tom Joyner, Titus Ziegler (award recipient), and Mayor Kasim Reed.

Titus Zeigler, a top student at Atlanta’s Henry W. Grady High School, is the winner of the Tom Joyner Foundation® “Full Ride Scholarship” that will cover full tuition, room and board (on-campus only) and books up to 10 semesters.

Tom Joyner, the Foundation’s chairman and founder, announced his scholarship this week during the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

Zeigler was selected from hundreds of applicants for the scholarship. His many accomplishments include serving as commander of the elite Junior ROTC Color Guard and Drill Team and working as an after-school tutor at Inman Middle School.

Zeigler plans to attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., because it has a strong biology and biological engineering program.

Zeigler is the fourth Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholar. Previous winners include Cheyenne Boyce, of Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, is set to graduate this year Phi Beta Kappa from Spelman College in Atlanta. Blaine Robertson is graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in history with a minor in secondary education. The first winner, Britney Wilson, is in her second year at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University.

To retain the scholarship, students had to meet the required academic standards each semester. Graduating high school seniors applied for the scholarship by going to BlackAmericaWeb.com.

 Lalah Hathaway, award-winning vocalist.

Lalah Hathaway, award-winning vocalist.

Lalah Hathaway to conduct private Master Class at CAU

ATLANTA – Grammy Award-winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway will headline the 21st Annual Jazz Under the Stars Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, on the Harkness Hall Quadrangle at Clark Atlanta University (223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.). She will also conduct a private Master Class for selected CAU music majors on Friday, May 2.

Hosted by the CAU Guild, with UPS® as the presenting sponsor, Jazz Under the Stars will be held rain or shine and will benefit CAU students in the performing arts. The platinum sponsors are Delta Air Lines and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The CAU Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra also will perform. Live and silent auctions will take place.

Since 1992, the CAU Guild, which includes some of Atlanta’s most influential women, has raised nearly $2 million in scholarships. Corporate tables and sponsorships are available. Individual tickets are $70 each; tables are $700 each. To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.com or cau.edu. For more information, call Jacqueline Jackson at 404-880-8136.

Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson.

Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson.

Morehouse College symposium

Morehouse College English Department’s annual symposium will be held Tuesday, April 22, when AUC students will present their best work in several literary genres, and the following Tuesday, April 29, when Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson will be the keynote speaker. Both evenings’ activities will begin at 5:30 p.m.

AUC students will present literary pieces in these genres: composition, creative writing, film shorts, journalism, literary criticism, debate, cultural criticism and oratorical presentation, including spoken-word and musical performance. This year’s theme is “Crossing Over on Dry Land: Migrating for Freedom,” and students were encouraged to enter work about these themes: the Great Migration, current migration struggles, the black freedom struggle in America or abroad, civil rights constructed broadly, collective biography, and the connection points between history and journalism.