Update: Rachel Jeantel Accepts Tom Joyner’s College Scholarship Offer

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UPDATED 7/18/13: On “Nancy Grace,” Rachel Jeantel publicly accepted Tom Joyner‘s college scholarship offer, responding amid a large smile, “Yes, I will [go to college]“

This week, radio host and philanthropist Tom Joyner (pictured) appeared on Piers Morgan Live to explain why he felt moved to offer friend and star witness in the George Zimmerman trial Rachel Jeantel (pictured below) a free college education at any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) of her choosing. According to Joyner, both the media’s and lawyer’s treatment of Jeantel inspired him to make a lasting impact on her her future.  (Video of Jeantel accepting offer below.)

For Joyner, seeing the barrage of criticism Jeantel received while she was on the stand disturbed him,Rachel Jeantel tom joyner“Well, it all started of course at the trial. And when she testified, the reaction to her testimony was very troubling to me. People were criticizing her and her education and communication skills. The way the lawyer was just beating her up on the stand just really moved me.”

Still, Joyner didn’t get the idea to offer her a college scholarship until she appeared on the “Piers Morgan Live” show Monday night, “And then last night when I saw her on your show, you did a follow-up question that [asked her] what do you want to do in life.

“That’s when the light bulb went off. I said I want to help her. We have a foundation that helps students in historically black colleges and universities. The Tom Joyner Foundation has been around since ’98 and since then, we’ve donated and raised more than $65 million to that end.”

To Joyner, seeing Jeantel being still in high school at the age of 19 and struggling with the tragic death of friend Trayvon made him come to one conclusion: “She deserves a chance.  All this criticism about, you know, how the system has failed her or she’s failed the system. She’s 19 years old and she’s a senior in high school. Right, OK. So in the past year-and-a-half her life has been turned upside down. She’s been back and forth with depositions and appointments and everything, plus sad about her best friend being killed. So her senior year is all a wreck.”

When Piers Morgan asked Joyner whether he thinks Jeantel will manage in college, Joyner responded that he and his team are willing to do the work to get her ready, “It’s going to take some work, first of all, to get her high school diploma and get her ready for the SAT test … and then entered in to college. But we are going to do that…I told her she can go to any historically black college she wants to.”

article via newsone.com

2 thoughts on “Update: Rachel Jeantel Accepts Tom Joyner’s College Scholarship Offer”

  1. I had NO clue Tom Joyner had such a foundation..65 million donated to educating Black youth?! WOW now THAT is newsworthy..Again WE need to hear more of this type of good news. I applaud Tom Joyner for giving a helping hand to Rachel..Without being asked. Without her having to fill out long daunting applications(which believe it or not keeps many youth out of college…) He saw a need & offered..Love it! We need more of those that are in such a position to do so; to DO so . Its going to take alot of this to move forward..and President Obama touched on this briefly with mention of helping our Black boys..I could not be more elated he spoke out on the Trayvon case/matter/verdict. Wow’ed me pleasantly..and more importantly his stance as a Black man validated in front of the ENTIRE world how many,many of us have felt about/since ‘the verdict’

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