Tom Joyner Foundation/ Denny's Filmmakers Scholarship Program

Tom Joyner, founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation

Tom Joyner, who hosted the Tom Joyner Morning Show for more than 25 years, has partnered with Denny's via his foundation to help inspire filmmakers who are attending HBCUs around the country. The goal is to support storytelling through film, and to make sure that African Americans are able to artistically express themselves through documentaries, television shows, and movies.
Every year, through the Tom Joyner Foundation/ Denny's Filmmakers Scholarship Program, six commendable students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Only one student will receive a scholarship per entry. The winners and their submitted films will be acknowledged and presented online, via social media, and at Tom Joyner Foundation fundraisers and events. Funds will be awarded for the upcoming Spring or Fall semester.

The Filmmakers Scholarship is open to all freshmen, sophomore and junior HBCU students. Applicants must be enrolled full time and be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to 4.0. Previous awardees are not eligible to be considered a repeat Denny’s/TJF HFE Scholar.

Applicants must submit a film of up to 5 minutes long about combating hunger in their communities or submit a PDF of a detailed storyboard about their movie.