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Rachel Jeantel was thrust into the spotlight after she testified in the George Zimmerman trial detailing her friendship with her slain friend, Trayvon Martin.

However, instead of people encouraging Jeantel and supporting the teen who will forever live with the burden of being the last person to talk to Martin before his death, the 19-year-old was berated for her speech, appearance, mannerisms and “lack of education.”

Jeantel’s testimony and her recent appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight”, greatly impacted radio legend Tom Joyner and since he first saw her on the stand, Joyner has been determined to help Jeantel.

Tuesday morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Joyner offered an olive branch to the embattled teen, offering her a possible full scholarship to any HBCU through the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Joyner proclaimed, “Hi Rachel, this is Tom Joyner, I love you, I really do love you”, Jeantel, shyly giggles before responding, “I know.”

But, Jeantel didn’t know how much she was loved because, Joyner was soon to dramatically change her life in a matter of minutes, saying, “If you want to graduate from high school, and go to an HBCU, even if it’s not in Florida but especially Florida, like Florida Memorial, Edward Waters or FAMU, if you want to do that, I want to help you do that.”

Joyner did not only offer his assistance in college, he wants to help her get there, adding, “I will help you get tutors to get you out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you’d like.”

Jeantel, who we later learned was in shock from the offer, simply responded “thank you.”

Later in the interview, Jeantel hinted that she might pursue a career in law enforcement but she reminded Joyner and the crew she “doesn’t like bodies” or funerals.

Whatever Jeantel decides to do, she has the support of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, co-host Sybil Wilkes expressed her support to Jeantel before ending the interview, saying, “and I got to tell you that people on social media, whether it’s Tom’s Facebook page, whether it’s Twitter or text, Tom, everybody is supporting you, Rachel, and really want you to know that they are wanting the best for you.”

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111 thoughts on “Trayvon Martin’s Friend, Rachel Jeantel, Offered Full Ride Scholarship from Tom Joyner

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  2. Jiggy5 on said:

    We expect so little from our youth and Racheal has delivered in spades. TJ, follow Oprah’s lead, a true strong Black person, and give the scholorship to someone motivated and deserving.

  3. What a disgrace to give this to her! there are too many young people that would deserve this!
    Second, they might want her to start at 5th, maybe 6th grade first and make her earn a possible scholarship!

    • Jiggy5 on said:

      How right you are. TJ knows he will never have to pay up on this. Pure publicity stunt, otherwise he would have offered it to someone more deserving. Tell me exactly what she has done to deserve this? She should be tried for perjury.

  4. Dr. Audrey Morrissette on said:

    Thank you Tom…you have a right to do whatever you want with your money and investing in a young person’s life after such a traumatic experience is one way to help. My hope if you haven’t already done so, and just not announced it publicly, offer Trayvon’s brother a scholarship…love what you do. I hope the scholarships are to Howard University and would eventually lead them to Howard Law School.

    • hey Dr., if you really are, you must be REV AL in disguise. this is just to get some sort of self gratification by this Tom character. What about the 13 year-old white boy who is beat senseless by 3 black thugs with the poor frail bus driver watching, if not laughing? broken arm, broken nose, fractured ribs, black eyes! THIS WAS A PURE HATE CRIME CAUGHT ON CAMERA. Poor old Jental, “living with the burden of being the last one to speak with him”? good old drug using-pot smoking, gold teeth, pistol in hand, beating a homeless man! ya old try was a real innocent poor little deffensless, 6 ft 2, 175 lb. little boy! how sad!

  5. monkeyexposer on said:

    you people try to act intelligent but in reality you all are nothing but common trouble making dependants that want nothing less than a free ride.

  6. These right wing idiots need to be put in their place! Call Red Eye Radio between 1am-5am Eastern Time at 1-866-907-3339 and tell them you stand with Trayvon Martin! You can listen to them live on their website at We can do this folks!

  7. White Girl on said:

    You have got to be kidding me…just because she’s fucking black….i bet if the tables were turned it would be different. This whole thing is pathetic!

  8. I think you could send her to 5 colleges all paid for but you will never be able to take the ghetto out of her, that’s just her and she will never change.

  9. luis on said:

    one thing for sure people who celebrated zimmermans not guilty murder charges are pissed because jantel will get a better education and in the future she might be a testing witness or to make worse for the whites be on the jury box… now that is even scarier , a black female with knowledge !

    • sly1128 on said:

      That’s about the dumbest “equation” on this matter I’ve read since the verdict came down… Please don’t pursue anything (studies) in the field of LAW, Luis… :O

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