BlackAmericaWeb.com reports that syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner has offered Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin who spoke to him shortly before he died, a full scholarship to any Historically Black College or University she chooses. Joyner made the offer to Jeantel on his radio show Tuesday morning.
“If you want to graduate from high school, and go to a 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. 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 reluctantly took the stand to testify for the prosecution in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman. During her testimony, which spanned two days, she was mocked online by people insulting her dress, mannerisms, and intelligence.
Joyner said he was moved by Jeantel’s testimony and explained the offer in an open letter to Jeantel and “all the young people in this country who, through no fault of their own, find yourself living in underserved communities and not yet figuring out your way in this world.” “I realized a hug wasn’t enough,” Joyner wrote in the letter posted Wednesday on BlackAmericaWeb.com.
Wednesday night, Joyner and Jeantel appeared on Headline News, where she thanked the talk-show host. Asked if she would accept his offer, she said simply, “I will.”
The funding for the scholarship will come from the Tom Joyner Foundation.