image (1)The moment of a lifetime arrived after Hampton University sophomore psychology major and Gloucester resident Lauren Pryor, won a $25,000 scholarship from rapper Wale. In a challenge presented on June 18 from Norfolk hip-hop station 103 JAMZ, Pryor was the 25th caller and the winner. In one brief week, Pryor went from winning a chance in a thousand to a moment in a million.
 
“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,” said Pryor. “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,” Pryor said in an article in the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal. 
 
Pryor spent a glitz-filled two days, June 23-24, with all the VIP amenities anyone could ask for in New York City.
 
“Winning this scholarship was truly a blessing,” said Pryor. “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.”
 
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Tommy G. Meade Jr.
Tommy G. Meade Jr. is the editor-in-chief of HBCU Buzz, the leading source of HBCU news, where he writes on a wide variety of topics, from HBCU culture and entertainment, sports and technology to black college history, Greek life, politics and the African diaspora. Formerly, he was a Staff Writer of HBCU Buzz and a corps member at City Year. His work has appeared in Black Enterprise, and on other leading HBCU outlets. He is an alum of Central State University and is a proud member Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. He lives in Columbus.