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Trayvon Martin's friend gets a scholarship offer

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Updated: 7/18/2013 10:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner is offering help in attending college to the young woman who was the last to speak to Trayvon Martin.

Joyner addressed Rachel Jeantel and other young people in what he called "underserved communities" in a letter posted Wednesday on

Joyner says he was touched by Jeantel during her two days of testimony in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in Martin's death. Martin was talking with Jeantel on his cell phone shortly before he was killed.

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Joyner offered to provide tutors to help Jeantel get her high school equivalency diploma, as well as a full scholarship to the historically black college of her choice.

The foundation named after Joyner supports black colleges and those who attend them.

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HighLife - 7/18/2013 5:34 PM
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What are the criteria for the Tom Joyner Scholarships? Dumber than dirt? High school drop out with no future? Black? Lack of ambition? Girlfriend of thug? Sure, HSBCs aren't known for challenging entrance requirements or rigorous academic programs, but which one of them is so desperate that it'd admit Rachel?

nativejax - 7/18/2013 12:56 PM
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Why can people say what they know? This fat lying slob is holding out for money, she don't want an education. Just like the Martin's, they got their $millions$ before Zimmerman got a trial. The HOA paid them to keep their name out of it...and now their own nightwatchman was found innocent????..If I was on that HOA, I would want my money back.

Gunny48 - 7/18/2013 11:05 AM
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Nice offer but I hope she can get in a legitimate one.

Realchange - 7/18/2013 10:28 AM
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She is clearly hostile to the defense can't understand. Yet when prosecutors question her at length she understands quite easily then. Told him to run and he refused instead he double backs and attacks Zimmerman. Why didn't she tell him to call police or his dad? Trayvon thought he could handle Zimmerman and attacked him. Had thug mentality. Now they want reward people on a thug's side for what?

tlynn - 7/18/2013 10:24 AM
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Well that is a very nice thing to do. Education is extremely important. But I would suggest that IF they teach English, that should be a mandatory class.
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