February 4, 2014

National Radio Show Host Visits GSU Tuesday

As members of the university band and cheer squad pump up the crowd, an Allstate representative and Tom Joyner of the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show will present a $50,000 scholarship check

Thomas Joyner Jr.
Thomas Joyner Jr., President
of the Tom Joyner Foundation will
present a check to GSU.

GRAMBLING, La.  — Following a $50,000 victory in a national Allstate insurance contest, it is time for a Grambling State University celebration, Tom Joyner-style.

Joyner, of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, visits the campus Tuesday at 2 p.m. to officially present the school with a $50,000 check for student scholarships at the T.H. Harris Auditorium. Joyner will be joined by his son, Thomas Joyner Jr., president of the Tom Joyner Foundation, and Carlos Boston, an Allstate representative with Shreveport’s Boston Group, to present the check to GSU President Frank G. Pogue.

“We were excited when we heard in early January that Grambling State won, and we’re excited that Allstate, the Tom Joyner Foundation and Tom Joyner are visiting the campus to help us celebrate and give us the money,” said Pogue. “It will be quite an afternoon, and we invite all GSU supporters to join us.”

Joyner, a native of Tuskegee, Ala. and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., graduated from an HBCU, what is now Tuskegee University. After a series of radio jobs in a number of markets, Joyner landed two jobs, one at WGCI in Chicago in the morning and KKDA in the afternoon. He commuted between the two metro markets daily for eight years, earning the nickname “Fly Jock.” In 1994, The Tom Joyner Morning Show was syndicated nationally. Joyner founded the Tom Joyner Foundation with an emphasis on helping historically black colleges and universities such as Grambling State University.

The “Big Event” will include the Grambling State University cheer squad and members of the university’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band. Joyner will issue a challenge to 32 Allstate-Tom Joyner Foundation Quotes for Education Scholars focused on academic excellence. Each of the students will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and the balance of the scholarship money will be used to recruit incoming freshmen and transfer students. The centerpiece of the event will be presentation of the scholars, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the national insurance company, widely known by its popular slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate.”

During a fall national online contest, GSU alumni and students led a competition with dozens of HBCUs to win enough support to win the scholarship money. Using the modern form of “word of mouth,” the university pulled together via social media outlets with posts and reposts, tweets and retweets. Using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other sites, the GSU community, commonly known among the younger crowd as #GramFam, garnered enough support to win the big prize.

Pogue encourages all GSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters to attend the public event and help GSU celebrate. “It’s not every day that Grambling State receives $50,000 from anyone,” the president said, “so we want all of our alums and friends to join us as we celebrate with Tom, his son and Mr. Boston. It’s going to be a good time, with a great cause – helping our students.”

About the Allstate Corporation
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer known for its “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate” slogan. Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate.

About the Tom Joyner Foundation
Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has focused on its primary mission of helping to keep students enrolled in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The foundation has assisted more than 20,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs, raising more than $60 million.  Throughout the week, the foundation announces scholarship winners on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner. Each week, separate financial awards are focused on students who are single parents, high achievers, and distinguished students at the School of the Month.

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