Tariq Alkebu-Lan, a junior computer engineering student at North Carolina A&T State University.

TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FIRST HERCULES SCHOLAR OF THE MONTH

Tariq Alkebu-Lan, a junior computer engineering student at North Carolina A&T State University, was named this week’s Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar.

Alkebu-Lan, a native of Richmond, Va. And an honor student plans to become a professional licensed engineer. Alkebu-Lan maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, the STEM Club and is a Living Learning Community mentor.

During his time at the university, the scholar was greatly inspired by a quote shared with him by one of his professors. It says, “The harder I worked, the luckier I got.”

To Alkebu-Lan the quote means, “just work hard and eventually you are going to break down barriers and you’re going to be able pull off big things,” he said.  “You just have to be willing to put in the work.”

N.C. A&T is the Tom Joyner School of the Month for October 2013. During this month the university and the Tom Joyner Foundation are working to raise funds for student scholarships. As a part of this campaign, each week the foundation selects a male student with a grade point average of at least 3.5 to receive a $1,500 scholarship. The students who are selected demonstrate campus leadership and community involvement.

The scholarship is paid directly to recipient’s school to help offset their college expenses.

To donate to the school of the month campaign visit tomjoynerfoundation.org and submit your gift.