Tom Joyner Names Four Cheyney Students Hercules Scholars
December 5, 2012
Left to right, 2012 Hercules Scholars, Dominique Williams, Frederic Morris, Adrese Hicks, Corey Carter
Nationally syndicated radio personality and philanthropist, Tom Joyner, recently honored four Cheyney University students by naming them Hercules Scholars. Corey Carter, Dominique Williams, Fredric Morris and Adrese Hicks will each receive $1500 from The Tom Joyner Foundation, a major driving force in raising money for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) since 1998. Joyner made Cheyney its School of the Quarter in October as part of his on-going effort to help HBCUs broaden and strengthen their efforts to raise money to keep students in college.
Cheyney sophomore Dominique Williams, a native New Yorker, has a 3.6 grade point average (GPA). The soon-to-be criminal justice major is a member of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood and the Student Chapter of the NAACP. He plans to serve his country in the U.S. Army after graduation and follow in his mother's footsteps and become a police officer.
Fredric Morris, a senior business administration major with an accounting concentration, has a 3.5 GPA and plans to go to graduate school and work at a major accounting firm one day. While at CU, the Connecticut resident is a peer tutor and member of the National Association for Black Accountants and Students for a Free Enterprise. "This scholarship was absolutely a shocker for me," Morris said. "It's very helpful and it showed me that I can accomplish so much."
Adrese Hicks, also a senior, is majoring in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Despite a busy schedule, the CU football player and Keystone Honors Academy (KHA) scholar maintains a 3.89 GPA. The Philadelphian volunteers as a peer tutor and hopes to own his own hotel and restaurant one day. Hicks has applied to graduate school and expects to seek a degree in Sports Managment. The Tom Joyner scholarship means a great deal to him. "I was struggling with money," Hicks admitted. "This really helps out and shows me that hard work pays off."
Junior Corey Carter is a communications major from Philadelphia with a 3.56 GPA. The father of two is grateful for the $1,500 scholarship because he says it will help him complete his dream of producing documentary films designed to promote good health and safety for children. The KHA student is a member of the Conflict Resolution Program. He is happily married and hopes to pursue a Masters Degree in Marriage Counseling.
Tom Joyner recently promoted Cheyney University a great deal on his morning show in an effort to encourage listeners and alumni to donate to the cause. Funds received will provide support to CU's Call Me Mister (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) teacher preparation program, which prepares males for the teaching profession. Cheyney will continue to be Joyner's School of the Quarter through the end of the year. To support Cheyney, please go to http://tomjoynerfoundation.org and click “Donate.”