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Fort Valley State Gets National Fundraising Help

Fort Valley State University will take to the national stage to raise scholarship money for students.

The Tom Joyner Foundation has selected the school as its "School of the Month" for October.

Neil Foote, a spokesman for the foundation says the group chooses eleven schools a year and allows it to use Tom Joyner, host of a nationally-syndicated morning radio program, in its marketing and outreach campaigns.

The foundation selects historically black colleges and universities to spotlight.

Foote says during the selected month, the Tom Joyner Morning Show encourages listeners to donate to the spotlighted school.

He says the program reaches nearly 115 cities and 8 million listeners a week.

"The 'School of the Month' gets a chance to reach alumni, supporters and others with the help of Joyner and his Foundation. As a result, these colleges have a greater chance to generate more donations, particularly since many are unable to finance national fundraising campaigns," wrote Foote in a statement.

"Trying to get money is something that I know, I have to do it," said Glorie Chiza, a Fort Valley sophomore. He's one of seven children with two others attending colleges in Georgia as well.

He recently received at scholarship from the school, but says he's always looking for opportunities to take some of the financial burden off his family.

"That's a little relief for them knowing that Glorie can take care of his education, and it's paid for," said the HOPE Scholarship recipient.

Fort Valley State University President Larry Rivers says 95 percent of their students receive some form of financial aid. He says they were elated when they found out the school was selected by the Tom Joyner Foundation.

"We are in position to hopefully raise anywhere from $300,000 to a million dollars, and Fort Valley State certainly needs it in order to help many of the students who normally wouldn't have enough to get through college," said Rivers.

Fort Valley State University says student can pay about $2,700 for in-state tuition and $8,500 for out of state students.

The school says students will be awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, through the school's financial aid department according to its guidelines.


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