July 17th Program aims to fund scholarships at Paine College

Posted by ncarter | 07/10/2010 09:52 AM

Story by Nakisha Dicks, '07

Tom Joyner, the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, will be a featured guest for Paine College's Are You Booked for Lunch? event July 17.

Radio host Tom Joyner, whose show is heard in 115 markets, will address a luncheon fundraiser for Paine College book scholarships. The event will raise money for book scholarships for Paine students, said Brandon Brown, the vice president of institutional advancement. "We are addressing one of many areas of education," Brown said. "It's important for students to be able to purchase books or software needed to perform their research and be prepared for class."

The Tom Joyner Foundation selected the college as the School of the Month for July, and the event was planned by the college and foundation to tie in with the honor, Brown said.Throughout the month, The Tom Joyner Morning Show will highlight the college and announce recipients of scholarships awarded by the foundation to Paine students.

The show airs in 115 markets and locally 6-10 a.m. weekdays on 100.9 FM, a Perry Broadcasting station. The company is a participating sponsor of the luncheon. Since 1998, the foundation has raised more than $55 million for scholarships for students attending historically black colleges and universities. Joyner's foundation is also assisting Paine with the college's campaign to raise $100,000 for scholarships. It continues through December.


The Paine College National Alumni Association kicked off the campaign with a $10,000 donation in February. Each alumni chapter has also been challenged to raise $5,000. "We wanted to make a statement that demonstrated how important this effort is, and we did not want to ask others to do something we had not done ourselves," said Dr. Silas Norman, the president of the Paine College National Alumni Association and a 1962 graduate of the school.
"It was our way of making a concrete statement that we intend to fully support this campaign," Norman said.

As of Friday, about $15,000 had been raised toward the college's goal, and officials hope the luncheon will help raise awareness about the campaign, the college and students' achievements, said Helene Carter, the assistant vice president of institutional development.

"We're hoping that the luncheon will add fuel to the campaign and help us reach at least the halfway mark by the end of July," she said.
"We are asking alumni, organizations, businesses, the entire CSRA community to get on board and help us reach our goal."

The luncheon will become an annual event for the school to help raise funds for book scholarships and keep the community informed of the college's activities, new programs and student achievements, Carter said.

WHAT: Are You Booked for Lunch?
WHEN: noon July 17
WHERE: Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 Tenth St.
COST: $35 per person, $350 for a table of 10.
Tickets may be purchased through July 15. To purchase tickets, call (706) 821-8323 or (706) 821-8233.

Paine College is Tom Joyner School of the Month (JULY)

Posted by ncarter | 07/1/2010 04:33 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College has been selected as Tom Joyner Foundation 2010 School of the Month (July). From January 2010- December 2010, all funds raised via the Paine College/ Tom Joyner Foundation Partnership will be sent directly to Paine for the students. The Tom Joyner Foundation is a major fundraising vehicle for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The Tom Joyner 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."

The Tom Joyner Foundation Campaign for Paine College was kicked off with a $10,000 contribution from the Paine College National Alumni Association under the leadership of Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., ‘62.
“ This is a great campaign for Paine. I support it and I want to encourage all Paine College Alumni to do the same, he said. Many of our students are in need of the funds and providing access to a quality education is one of the College’s main goals. Through contributions from alumni and other constituents, I am sure this campaign will be a huge success.”


 
As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation’s “Schools of the Month,” Paine will receive funds from listeners, alumni, corporations and other interested parties during the month of July 2010 for scholarships for Paine College students. However, contributions to the campaign can be made until December 31, 2010.

The scholarships will be awarded to the students through the Office of Financial Aid at Paine, based on need and other requirements of the school and the donor. The Tom Joyner Foundation will award scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $5,000 each to Paine students who qualify. Those scholarship recipients will be announced every Thursday during the month of July on air. 

Throughout the month of July, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, aired in 115 markets around the country and reaching nearly eight million listeners every week, will promote Paine and the campaign. The Foundation has raised more than $25 million over the past seven years to help thousands of students at some 80 HBCUs.

The 2010 HBCUs of the month are: January: Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL); February: Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC); March: Shaw University (Raleigh, NC); April: Voorhees College (Denmark, SC); May: Virginia State University (Petersburg, VA); June: Philander Smith College (Little Rock, AK); July: Paine College (Augusta, GA); August: North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC); September: Texas Southern University (Houston, TX); October: Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA); November: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, AR).

For more information, contact Helene Carter, Campaign Coordinator and Assistant Vice President of Institutional Development at Paine College: 706-821-8323, Hcarter@paine.edu.

To make a contribution visit www.paine.edu/givetopaine and click the “Tom Joyner Campaign” link or contact Mr. Reginald Powell, Director of Research and Gifts, at 706-821-8359. Make your checks payable to the Tom Joyner Foundation for Paine College and mail to the address below:

Tom Joyner Campaign for Paine College
c/o Office of Institutional Advancement
1235 Fifteenth Street-HH115
 Augusta, Georgia 30901

To make a donation visit the link: http://www.paine.edu/events/tomjoyner/default.aspx