Wiley student Joseph Stevens Jr. was named a Hercules Scholar by the Tom Joyner Foundation during the Thursday, February 3, 2016, broadcast of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," which is a nationally syndicated daily radio show that airs in 115 markets. The foundation has designated Wiley College as its "School of the Month" for February.
As a Hercules Scholar, Stevens will receive a $1,500 scholarship from the foundation, and his photo and profile will be featured on the Tom Joyner Foundation website and social media platforms. He is one of four male students who will be featured as a Hercules Scholar during the month of February. Scholars who are selected must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and be young men of strong character.
Wiley College is the foundation's "School of the Month" for February.
Read on as Mr. Stevens shares his story:
My name is Joseph Stevens Jr. and my hometown is Port Arthur, Texas. I am a Junior majoring in business administration. After graduating from Wiley College, I plan to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in International business. My career goals include becoming a CEO at a Fortune 500 company.
My ultimate goal in life is to build a Boys and Girls Club in Port Arthur, give scholarships to high school seniors, and become Mayor of Port Arthur. I’m fully committed to my studies at Wiley and I have earned some honors because of that commitment. I am proud that I earned the Dean’s List Award as a freshman and sophomore here at Wiley. I have also received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for having a 3.5 GPA. Because of my academic record, I am currently ranked one of the top 50 men at Wiley College.
When I am not busy studying, I am actively engaged in campus live. I am the treasurer of the Wiley College Business Management Club and I serve as Vice President of the Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society.
Although my schedule is often busy, I also make time to give back to the community. I attend church every Sunday. My parents are the most influential people in my life. They taught me morals and values that only children of God could, such as how to pray, how to treat a lady, and how to go for what you want in life.
What I most admire about my parents is their nonstop desire to encourage people to learn more about Jesus Christ. Even after my father had a stroke and was unable to return to work, he and my mom never let that get them down, and I truly admire them for that. The motto I live by each day is “I can doall things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Thank you to the Tom Joyner Foundation for selecting me as a Hercules Scholar, it is truly an honor. And thank you Wiley College for helping me persist to achieve my goals.
Less than a month after completing her studies in December at Wiley College, Krystal Watson has begun a three-month internship with the American Bar Association, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, in Washington, D.C. During her internship, Watson will perform research and assist in monitoring legal and legislative developments on various civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues. She will attend congressional hearings, meetings of civil rights and civil liberties organizations and coalitions, and other events involving civil rights issues. She will also have the opportunity to gain professional experience in social media relations by assisting with the section’s communications to its constituents on its social media platforms.
Watson majored in criminal justice at Wiley College. During her time at the College, she excelled academically while participating in co-curricular activities including serving as president of her class, as well as serving as president of the Wiley chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. During her junior year, Watson received a $20,000 Anthony Anderson Scholarship on stage at the UNCF Evening of the Stars telecast on BET. She will complete her internship with the ABA in late April and return to Marshall, Texas, to march with her class during commencement on Saturday, May 7. After graduation, she will work as a probation officer while attending law school.