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Pre-Juneteenth Event Launches HT’s School of the Month Campaign

(AUSTIN, Texas) 6.11.14 — Huston-Tillotson University has been named the July 2014 Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month. The Foundation and HT are hosting “Pre-Juneteenth Wine Event to Discover HT!” in anticipation of the launch to help raise money for scholarships and books for students. The event will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Downs-Jones Library, 900 Chicon Street. 

The Tom Joyner Foundation was created to directly support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Founded in 1998, the Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 14,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month,’ HT will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a syndicated radio program, and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni, and other interested parties that month.  The show, airs daily in more than 100 markets around the country and reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

Tom Joyner, a long-time supporter of Huston-Tillotson, received the University’s honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2011. In 2005, as a “School of the Month,” the Foundation raised more than $200,000 in scholarships for deserving HT students.

“Huston-Tillotson is committed to ensuring that students have viable options to pay for their education,” said HT President and CEO Larry L. Earvin, Ph.D.  “This campaign allows everyone to join in the fundraising efforts for deserving HT students.”

Huston-Tillotson was established after the 1952 merger of Samuel Huston College and Tillotson College that formed Huston-Tillotson College.  The merged institution became one of the largest Protestant institutions west of the Mississippi River.  In 2005 the institution moved to University status.  Huston-Tillotson University is the oldest institution of higher education in Austin, Texas.

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