Titus Ziegler, of Atlanta, Ga., 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 today during the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” which airs in markets across the country and reaches more than eight million listeners every week. Ziegler 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 in Atlanta.
Ziegler plans to attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla. because it has a strong biology and biological engineering program. The future trauma surgeon joined the National Guard in 11th grade, and signed up for a noncombat assignment. “My job is as a medical specialist so my job is not killing people, but to save them.”
As a tutor in his old middle school’s after school program, Ziegler realized that the kids were looking up to him. “That’s when I knew I had to be on my best behavior … I had to leave them with something good, show them how a high school student should act. I wanted to leave them with a good taste in their mouths about high school.”
Ziegler 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.