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Radio host offers witness Rachel Jeantel full ride to college

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   July 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM   |   Comments

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July 17 (UPI) -- Rachel Jeantel, key witness in the George Zimmerman case, made national headlines when she said she could not read cursive.

Now, radio personality Tom Joyner has said he would provide full funding for Jeantel to go to college.

Jeantel, 19, was on the phone with Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. Joyner said he was so touched by what Jeantel said during her testimony and by what she said on "Piers Morgan Live" Monday night that he was moved to help her.

"Rachel, 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 -- If you want to do that, I want to help you do that," Joyner said on radio show Tuesday, referring to historically black colleges and universities. Joyner attended Tuskegee University, which is one of about 100 HBCUs in the country.

“I will help you get tutors to get out of high school; tutors to pass the SAT. I will give you a full-ride scholarship to any HBCU,” Joyner said.

Jeantel testified for seven hours in the second-degree murder case of George Zimmerman, for which he was acquitted late Saturday. She was criticized heavily after not being able to read a letter she allegedly wrote to Martin's mother because it was in cursive.

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