Tom Joyner isn’t the only one doing good deeds in the academic world. DC’s own Wale recently gave back, literally, to Hampton University Student, Lauren Pryor. The sophomore psychology major and Gloucester resident won a $25,000 scholarship from rapper the rapper recently. How? Last month, Norfolk hip-hop station 103 JAMZ, had a contest where callers called in to win the scholarship and as luck and favor would have it, Lauren won. She recounted the story to the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal:
I was on my way to a friend’s home in Hampton when I heard the radio challenge that the 25th caller would win the prize. The station said to call between 4 and 5 p.m. I called four or five times. The line was always busy. On about the 14th call I told myself to give it a rest then, I heard a man say ‘hello.’ I didn’t believe it. He told me there were millions of calls and he only picked up the phone 14 times nationwide.’
Winning this scholarship was truly a blessing. Almost not returning to Hampton University in the fall because of expenses, I was exceedingly fortunate to receive this scholarship. It was truly a test of faith.