Tom Joyner Foundation to Share Proceeds of Book Sales with UMES

  • Monday, July 13, 2009

    LaVeist, Dr. Thomas(Dallas, TX June 25, 2009)  A portion of the book sales of "Tom Joyner Presents How to Prepare for College" will benefit two black colleges: Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the Tom Joyner School of the Month for August. 

    The book, written by Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist (left), a graduate of UMES and Wil LaVeist, a graduate of Lincoln, has a foreword written by Thomas Joyner, the nationally syndicated media personality and philanthropist. Released earlier this year, the book is filled with easy to read, easy to understand lessons that can help make the path to college a little bit easier.  

    "A book like this is essential to the prosperity of a student," said Dr. Ivory N. Nelson, president of Lincoln University. "The best advice a young person can get is from individuals like the LaVeist brothers, who have navigated successfully through the academic arena and are not too far removed from the experience.  The results of these proceeds will be the testimonies of Lincoln students who will achieve greatness comparable to that of the LaVeist brothers and Tom Joyner, all HBCU graduates.  We are excited and grateful to have this partnership helping us to continue to produce leaders." 

    Thelma Thompson, president of UMES, said, "The collaboration between these two geniuses can only bring good to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. I am very proud to call these two of my favorite alumni Thomas LaVeist and Tom Joyner [who received an honorary doctorate]." 

    According to the LaVeist brothers, the book is a valuable resource that will help African-American families learn how to give their children a chance to compete. 

    Tom Joyner Presents How to Prepare for CollegeThe book, published by Joyner's Foundation and Amber Books Inc., can be ordered now through www.amberbooks.com and www.ipgbook.com.  Chain stores such as Barnes and Noble, Borders, Wal-Mart, Sam's and more can make special orders through Independent Publishers Group until September 2009, when the title will be officially released (published) nationwide.  

    The book features useful advice on several subjects, including: a step-by-step guide for elementary school and beyond; Historically Black College and University (HBCU) v. non-HBCU: Which is the right one for me?; the admission process; paying for a college tuition; the financial aid process; financial aid myths; staying in college; preparing for life after college; giving back; a list of HBCUs; useful websites/organizations for scholarships/grants. 

    Tony Rose, publisher and CEO of Phoenix, Ariz., based Amber Communications Group Inc. (ACGI), created Amber Books Publishing in 1998, which is the corporation's first imprint, and has become the nation's largest African-American publisher of self-help and career-guide book titles written by and for African-Americans. Yvonne Rose, an associate publisher for Amber Books and director of Quality Press, said, "We are delighted with the opportunity and pleased that the Tom Joyner Foundation, Inc. has selected  Quality Press, Amber Books  and   Independent Publishers Group to handle the production, manufacturing, publishing and distribution of their new literary venture  Tom Joyner Presents How To Prepare For College."

    The Tom Joyner Foundation provides financial assistance to students at HBCUs. Since 1998, The Tom Joyner Foundation® has raised more than $55 million  to help students attending HBCUs stay in school. The Tom Joyner Foundation also hosts an annual cruise named the  Fantastic Voyage"!, which raises money for the HBCUs. 

    For more information on UMES as the Tom Joyner School of the Month, visit http://tomjoynerfoundation.org/cause-posts/school-of-the-month/

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    Neil Foote, Media Relations, Tom Joyner Foundation, 214-448-3765, neil@neilfoote.com

    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.