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GramFam shows support during Radiothon

The Division of Institutional Advancement and KGRM 91.5 FM Radio on the campus of Grambling State University hosted its third annual Radiothon on Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as a part of homecoming weekend with attempts to raise $50,000 in 12 hours.
In total, the profit raised was $32,100, but people are still donating and this number may rise. The 12-hour event featured several Grambling alumni on air and calling in on the importance of giving back.
In the first few hours, there was a couple of thousand donated starting early that morning with GSU interim president Cynthia Warrick giving $500. The Ruston Alumni chapter also gave $1,000, that was just the beginning of a busy day.
“The Radiothon was a fun day for giving back [to] students,” said Craig Jones, the chairman of the event.  “It was a way for the community to [get involved and] give back.”
The goal was to raise money and to raise the awareness of giving back. Several local churches and businesses, and alumni chapters were contacted and most managed to give back.
“All money goes to students, 100% goes to students, we like to say that,” said Jones.
The profits are used for scholarship. If students want to apply for the scholarship, they must write a 500-word essay explaining their need and why they deserve it.
“It was truly a blessing because I know that scholarships are often hard to come by and when this was offered to students I was lucky enough to catch it,” said Travis Matthews, a senior mass communication major from Houston, who won one of the scholarships last year.
The university offered ten $1000 athletic scholarships and ten $1000 academic scholarship.  That is just about all of the money that they raised from the last Radiothon.
When speaking with Mr. Jones he was elated to tell me anything and everything about the event.
He is so excited to give back to the students of Grambling, especially as an alumni of the university. If you are interested or have any questions you can go speak to a representative of KGRM on the 2nd floor in Washington-Complex.