George Zimmerman trial witness Rachel Jeantel received an exciting surprise during her visit to the Tom Joyner Morning radio show on Tuesday.
Host Joyner offered her a full scholarship to the historically black college or university (HBCU) of her choice.
“Here’s my offer to you, if you want to graduate from high school and go to an HBCU, even if it’s not in Florida but especially Florida, like Florida Memorial, Edward Waters, Bethune Cookman or FAMU, if you want to do that, I want to help you do that,” Joyner told Jeantel.
“I will help you get tutors to get you out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you’d like."
Jeantel responded to Joyner with a "thank you."
In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan on Tuesday night, Joyner shared why he was led to offer the assistance to the teenager.
"Well it all started at the trial," he said. "When she testified the reaction to her testimony was very troubling to me. People were criticizing her and her education and communication skills.
"The way the lawyer [Don West] was beating her up on the stand really moved me."
Joyner added that the fact that Jeantel wasn't asked what she wanted to do in her life during her Monday night interview by Morgan added to his interest in helping her.
Jeantel was a friend of Martin and the last person to speak to him the night he died.
She faced a great many hostile comments and reactions following her testimony from viewers, with many questioning her intelligence and presentation on the stand. Others, like Joyner, applauded her bravery during the trial and decried the attacks on her.
The scholarship will be funded why the Tom Joyner Foundation.
Listen to the radio interview below:
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...