TSU Student Creates Keep Hope Alive Scholarship

Guy Stanford, a Clarksville native, dreams of saving the world one day. He just decided to start that process on a smaller scale.

The 19-year-old Tennessee State University student began his own scholarship fund, named the Guy Stanford Keep Hope Alive Scholarship, that awards area students who did not qualify for the state’s Hope Scholarship, a one-time grant to help pay for expenses related to attending college.

“It’s just my way of giving back,” Stanford said, a graduate of Kenwood High School. “I love Clarksville. Everybody here.”

“ … I’m only 19 but if I’m in a position where I can help, I can help. Especially in my home town.”

Approximately 25 applicants’ submitted essays for the award this year before Stanford selected two, Daisalynn Iris and Aaliyah Bass, to receive a $750 check each.

“ … Saving Hope is not what the Hope is. With the Hope you get $1,500 a semester and this is a one-time grant. But this is like half your housing right here. It’s no $1,500 a semester but it’s a start.”

That start is particularly important to award recipient Bass, a fellow TSU student with Stanford.

“It actually means a lot, just knowing it’s a young adult doing stuff to help other young adults. It’s something great as well as it’s going to help school-wise, financially big time,” said Bass, who plans on using her award for psychology text book purchases. “I’m just really happy about that.”

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TSU Launches 2015 Founder’s Day Challenge

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Tennessee State University along with the support of a group of Alumni will launch a month long Founder’s Day challenge. Tennessee State University’s founder’s day is on June 19.

The goals of the campaign are to:

a) Raise TSU’s annual alumni giving participation rate to 10% with small dollar gifts ($5 or more) (based on a 1-year or 2-year average measure).

b) Connect TSU alumni to the TSU Foundation and local alumni social networks.

c) Create an attitude and culture of life-long TSU philanthropy.

Please follow #TSU10 on all social media accounts for more information. Alumni may also donate online and snail mail as well.

The text giving proceeds will go to the TSU President’s Challenge Fund.

[Giving]The HBCU Endowment Feature – Tennessee State University

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Story from HBCUMoney.com

School Name: Tennessee State University

Median Cost of Attendance: $24 125

Undergraduate Population: 7 105

Endowment Needed: $3 428 162 560


Analysis: Tennessee State University needs approximately $3.4 billion to allow all of its students to attend debt free annually. The HBCU with the eight largest endowment going into 2012 is poised with new leadership at the helm – and fair or unfair some would say a continuing identity crisis. Leadership has challenged alumni chapters to raise what could be an estimated $3 million which could put Tennessee State University in striking distance of seventh place but would need to double its current endowment of $38 million to make a run at sixth place.