Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated radio show who is chairman and founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation, said he was impressed with Ziegler’s focus, drive and determination. “Titus is a very impressive young man,” Joyner said. “And he wants to become one of my frat brothers – Omega Psi Phi! What’s not to like about him?”
Cassandra Bolding, the professional school counselor at Grady High School, said in her recommendation, “His sheer determination and unrelenting desire to do great things in life will aid in helping him to achieve and even surpass his goals.” Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Major Kevin D. Stewart wrote, “He goes the extra mile to achieve success and has successfully demonstrated leadership abilities by taking charge in the absent of orders.”
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.
To be eligible, students had to meet the following criteria: 1.) Be a United States citizen; 2.) Be a current high school senior attending school in the United States. Each applicant must complete high school in the spring of 2010; 3.) Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and minimum SAT score of 1300 (math and verbal only) or ACT score of 28; 4.) Applicants had to apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2010; 5.) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service and extracurricular activities.
Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 14,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. To learn more about the Foundation, go to TomJoynerFoundation.org.