Radio show host offers Rachel Jeantel full ride to any historically black college

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

Radio show host Tom Joyner has offered Rachel Jeantel, a star witness in the George Zimmerman trial, a full university scholarship with the stipulation that she attend a historically black college.  


Rachel Jeantel, a star witness in the Zimmerman trial, was offered a scholarship to attend college from a radio host.

Joyner, who is black, made the offer when she appeared on The Tom Joyner Radio Show on Tuesday morning.

“If you want to graduate from high school, and go to an HBCU, even if it’s not in Florida but especially Florida, like Florida Memorial, Edward Waters or FAMU, if you want to do that, I want to help you do that,” said Joyner.

“I will help you get tutors to get you out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you’d like,” he continued.

Jeantel was apparently the last person to speak with slain Florida youth Trayvon Martin before he was shot to death by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. She quickly became a media sensation and a star witness in the case in which Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted.

According to Jeantel’s lawyer, Rod Vereen, she is interested in going into law enforcement.

“She actually told me, believe it or not she wants to go into law enforcement,” he said, also speaking on the Joyner’s show. “You know we were sitting down at dinner last night and one of the producers was asking us ‘what does the future hold for you?’”

“[S]he said ‘well I was really considering being homicide investigator,’ you know so that’s what she’s interested in,” he concluded.

Joyner told Jeantel, who appeared on the show, his son who runs the Tom Joyner Foundation, would be in touch if her parents were interested.

“They will be interested, they’re listening right now,” replied Jeantel.

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Timothy Dionisopoulos

Timothy Dionisopoulos

Former Reporter
Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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