Hampton, VA –Hampton University juniors Cherise McAdoo and Kimberly Burton are among a small group of students to be awarded $2,000 and a potential internship through the Tom Joyner Foundation and Dark and Lovely Scholarship.
“I want to personally thank Mr. Tom Joyner and Dark and Lovely. I think it is an awesome platform for us young women at historically black colleges and universities," said McAdoo.
“As a young kid from D.C., I would always listen to 102.3 with my mother or grandmother where he (Tom Joyner) has his morning show. He would always talk about his scholarship foundation,” said Burton. “When you’re that little, you don’t think about how much it could affect you until you’re in that position and you’re one of the people he was once talking about.”
In addition to winning scholarship funds, McAdoo and Burton will soon head to New York to network with executives within Dark and Lovely (a professional hair care brand of L'Oreal) that can lead to a potential internship.
McAdoo, who is majoring in marketing, hopes to work alongside a mentor or senior executive who can expose her to the world of business and the many resources that Dark and Lovely has to offer.
“I am also excited to meet the other scholars and really form relationships with them,” said McAdoo.
Burton is a political science major with a wide range of interests in photography, writing and motivational speaking.
“Having that network experience and connecting with people, I feel like it is good exposure to be around people who are well established,” said Burton.
For more than a year, HU’s Department of Alumni Affairs has worked hard to building a strong relationship with the Tom Joyner Foundation.
“I am an alumnus of Hampton University. Knowing that two of our students were accepted is very exciting,” said Pattie Bolton, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs. “It opens an opportunity for students who might not be able to afford or who don’t have those extra funds to help pay for their education here.
“Student’s at HBCUs have a lot of knowledge, wisdom and a lot that has been poured into us by mentors and faculty. It is an honor to be able to represent our university in such a capacity,” said McAdoo.