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Travon Willis Awarded Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship

February 25, 2019

Virginia Union University golfer has been named a Hercules Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Willis, who is a freshman from Indian Trail, N.C., majoring in Physics and Engineering, carries a 4.0 grade point average.  His career goal is to make a difference in the world by decreasing the number of people experiencing poverty through lack of resources, education, mentoring, and volunteering.

He has a 4.0 GPA, is an honor student, and still finds time to be on the Virginia Union Golf Team, volunteer in the community, and so much more.

Willis said his career goal is to make a difference in the world by decreasing the number of people experiencing poverty through lack of resources, education, mentoring, and volunteering.

“My plans after my college career is over, is to become an Electrical Engineer,” Willis said. “With my degree in Physics and Engineering, this should help me become what I want to become. As far as involvement in school and community, I am on a golf scholarship and have exhibited excellent honors in the class my first semester. During the beginning of August, I was doing many things in the community, such as going to schools and getting them cleaned up for the up and coming school year. I went to the YMCA a few times and interacted with the youth and participated in numerous group activities. While all of this was going on, I finished with a 4.0-grade point average and played well into the Fall season of my sport. The influential people in my life are my mother and father. These two people have taught me to be courageous and determined to go after what I want. If it wasn’t for them I would not be here at Virginia Union University playing the sport I love most and getting a great education.”

“Travon Willis exemplifies the type of talent athletically and scholastically that we recruit here at VUU athletics,” said VUU Head Golf Coach E. Lee Coble.

VUU will begin the 2019 golf season on March 18 at the CIAA Mid-Major Tournament in Fayetteville, N.C.