The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and American Airlines are proud to offer urgent financial assistance in the form of need-based scholarships to college seniors graduating in May of 2020 at one of the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs) within TMCF’s 47 member-school network. Applicants should be in good academic standing and at risk of not graduating due to an outstanding financial need. Three students will be selected to receive a scholarship up to $2,250 for 2019-2020 academic school year (which can only be applied to verifiable costs associated with average tuition and usual fees).

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be enrolled full-time as a senior at a TMCF member-school during the 2019-2020 academic school year.
  • Confirmed graduating senior in May 2020.
  • Current cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Able to demonstrate leadership abilities.
  • Able to demonstrate a financial need.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident or passport stamped I-551.

How to Apply

All Applicants Must:

  • Provide a copy of the 2019-2020 FAFSA Student Aid Report.
  • Provide the transcript (official or unofficial) for your most recently completed academic term-this should include your end of Fall 2019 grades and cumulative GPA
  • Please upload a current resume (highlighting community service and leadership abilities)
  • Answer the following question(s) (Maximum of 500 words per question):
    • Tell us about your current financial situation. Why it is critical that you receive this funding?
    • What is your intended career path after graduation?
    • How are you preparing to accomplish your career goals and what impact do your hope to achieve?

Application Dates

This application opens February 24, 2020, and closes April 5, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)

Wednesday, the U.S. Senate introduced H.R. 748 or Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act ensuring just over $1 billion of dedicated funding for institutions like Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) in response to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on operations. The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) took a leadership role calling on Congress to respond to the needs of HBCUs, which serve a disproportionately high percentage of low-income and first-generation college students. The disruption of classroom-based education to transition to distance learning and even assisting some students with travel back home has put a tremendous unforeseen financial strain on institutions that have historically been underfunded.

“I want to thank the congressional leadership for responding to our call and the needs of HBCUs, and indeed the rest of the higher education community,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF President and CEO. “I call on the House and Senate to swiftly pass this legislation. Also, let me be clear: the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting HBCUs hard. All emergencies that hit the higher education system seem to hit HBCUs harder because we serve mostly Pell Grant eligible students. However, thankfully, this time Congress remembered us, our institutions and our students. Now, we will have the resources to ensure our colleges can make the transition to distance learning platforms that are necessary to continue educating our students.”

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), who also played an crucial role in advocating for the COVID-19 relief for HBCUs, applaud Congress and Senate for allocating a plan to necessary fund HBCUs during this critical time.

“The deal developed by the Senate is another powerful example of the Congress’ recognition of the importance of and need to deliver for HBCUs, PBIs and their students,” said Harry L. Williams, TMCF President and CEO. “The road to full financial recovery from this crisis will be a long one for our schools, but the collective engagement and tireless bipartisan advocacy of our community has helped to secure the much needed resources our schools require to both navigate this crisis and continue to pursue their respective missions.”

In addition to the supplemental aid, the CARES Act also authorizes the Department of Education to loosen the restrictions on currently appropriated Title III funds. This additional flexibility will allow schools to put previously restricted funds directly to use in addressing new challenges that our school and their students face during the ongoing health emergency.

Senate Letter Led by Sen. Booker and Sen. Jones on Need for HBCU and MSI Funding

Senate Letter Led by Sen. Scott on Need for HBCU Funding

HBCU, TCU, and MSI Community Letter Advocating for Stimulus Funding

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About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. It’s logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”®. Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

About TMCF

Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominately Black Institutions, enrolling nearly 80% of all students attending black colleges and universities. Though scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs. For more information about TMCF, visit www.tmcf.org.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Fayetteville State University (FSU), Texas Southern University (TSU) and Virginia State University (VSU) have been chosen to participate in a pilot high school-to-college scholars program in a joint initiative of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Strada Education Network, the two organizations have announced.

“Seeing our program expand into HBCUs through this investment from Strada to TMCF will no doubt create a multiplier effect where these scholars transform into business leaders making a significant impact in our communities,” said Fleischer.

According to an press release from TMCF, Strada is providing a three-year, $1.8-million grant to creat the TMCF Fleischer HBCU [historically Black colleges and universities] Scholars Program, which is modeled after the Fleischer Scholars Program established in 2009 by entrepreneur Morton Fleischer, to help academically promising students from economically fragile backgrounds. Dr. Harry L. Williams, the TMCF President and CEO, hailed the new program as “a true capacity-building opportunity for our member schools” that will “provide the pilot schools with tools and technology to bolster recruitment efforts and hopefully achieve the same level of success as the original Fleischer program.”

The program will begin next summer and bring 50 rising high school seniors to a “boot camp” at each of the university sites, involving potentially 450 students total by the end of the pilot, said Williams. The hope is that the program will succeed, and with help from funders, expand to include all 47 schools that are part of TMCF, Williams said.

Dr. Harry L. Williams, President and CEO at Thurgood Marshall College Fund

“We see this groundbreaking program as a true capacity-building opportunity for our member schools,” he said.

The new initiative dovetails with Strada’s mission to support and scale student success programs that help prepare students to pursue successful career paths, said the nonprofit’s president and CEO, Bill Hansen. He predicted that the scholars program will “build on the impressive success of the Fleischer program and replicate it to benefit thousands more high school students in their transition to attend our country’s leading HBCUs.”

Dr. Austin Lane, president of Texas Southern University, called his school’s participation in the pilot program an honor. “It gives TSU a unique opportunity to serve first-generation, underrepresented students in our area,” said Lane. “We will showcase what college is all about and introduce them to the finest examples of entrepreneurship and business in the Houston area. We will partner with the Houston Independent School District and other feeder institutions to identify the most promising young scholars to participate.”

“Most important,” he added, “this program allows TSU to help create future leaders while, at the same time, introducing them to one of the largest and most vibrant HBCU campuses in the nation.”

The new scholars program isn’t the first time TMCF and Strada have come together. In the past, Strada has supported the TMCG scholarship program and leadership institute, and the latest collaboration is the fruit of discussion that began several years ago, said Daryl Graham, Strada’s senior vice president of philanthropy.

Strada promotes innovate collaborations that help underserved students achieve college access and career success, he said, and the evolving missions and strategies of both Strada and TMCF are aligned in that regard.

“We wanted more opportunities in partnership with an organization that we felt very comfortable with,” said Graham. “This was a great fit for us and for them.”

PINE BLUFF, AR – Johnny C. Taylor, current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and immediate past President and Chief Executive Office of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund will address the graduates at the spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at Pine Bluff Convention Center.

According to a press release from the university, Taylor is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest professional society. He previously served a two-year term as Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006. Taylor is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents nearly 300,000 students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In this role, he became a prolific fundraiser, amassing over $100 million in grants and gifts.

As an influencer in his field and community, he was named one of the Ebony Magazine “Power 100” in 2011. Previously, he held positions at IAC/Interactive Corp, first as its Senior Vice President of HR and then as President and Chief Executive Officer of one of IACs operating subsidiaries. Mr. Taylor’s career also spans nearly 15 years in the practice of law and HR,including as Litigation Partner and President of the HR consulting business of the law firm McGuireWoods LLC; Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA; General Counsel and Senior Vice President of HR for Viacom’s Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and Associate General Counsel and Vice President of HR for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.

In a 2018 White House ceremony, President Trump appointed Mr. Taylor Chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Additionally, he is currently serving on the corporate board of Gallup, the leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research, a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami and an Adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances, an initiative to reduce the high rate of recidivism in America.

Taylor holds both a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts with honors from Drake University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) welcomes board member and former President of Delaware State University, Dr. Harry L. Williams as the new President & CEO taking office this month.

Last October in a surprise announcement, TMCF announced that Dr. Williams would be taking the helm after than current President & CEO Johnny Taylor Jr., announced his departure to move in leading one of the world’s largest associations, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as President & CEO.

In a letter entitled “I’m passing the TMCF baton to DSU president Dr. Harry L. Williams” contributed to the New York Amsterdam News by Taylor, he stated:

“I am proud of the work our team accomplished under my leadership at TMCF. While it is true that we raised over $100 million, including a record-setting $42+ million investment from Apple and a $26 million gift from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation, the thing that was always most important to me as TMCF’s President & CEO was Human Resources. We had to have the right team. Every morning I came into the office knowing we had extremely talented people who were motivated to help HBCUs thrive. Whether it was our TMCF Campus Coordinators and Talent & Acquisition teams working directly with our students, our Government Relations team advocating for Black colleges on Capitol Hill and in the White House, or our Revenue team making incredible partnerships and securing millions of dollars for the Black college community via TMCF, our people represented the best in the business.”

Dr. Williams made history as the first sitting university president to serve as president & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

During his eight-year tenure leading DSU, Dr. Williams provided himself to be a prolific fundraiser, passionate advocate, and strategic planner for the school. He increased student enrollment every year, made incredible partnerships with government and private organization resulting in several multi-million dollar grants and investments into the campus.

Dr. Williams’ extensive leadership background in Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and higher education spheres earned him the National TRIO Achiever Award, TMCF Education Leadership Award, and HBCU Digest named him one of the “Top 10 Influential HBCU Presidents” in the country. He has served in senior positions at the University of North Carolina General Administration, Appalachian State University, and North Carolina A&T State University. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Williams has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Broadcasting and a Master of Arts in Educational Media, both from Appalachian State University, as well as an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.

For more information about the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, visit www.tmcf.org.

 

 

 

The middle of Central State University campus in Wilberforce, Ohio. (Photo creds: Demetrius Johnson Jr.)

WILBERFORCE, OH – Central State University, a historically black university located in Wilberforce, Ohio, will welcome nearly 840 new students this fall semester, the largest since 2011.

According to a press release from the university, new first-time freshmen, transfer students and readmits are expected to help the University surpass last year’s total enrollment. In addition, new student enrollment has exceeded the University’s original new student target of 800. Total enrollment numbers will be confirmed at the end of the month.

Part of the growth can be attributed to an intentional focus on increasing cultural diversity through international recruitment. This semester, students from The Bahamas will dominate the international community on campus. Two years, ago, Central State entered into an agreement with The Bahamas Ministry of Education to provide scholarships for Bahamian students. Because of the academic success of those students and CSU’s affordability, the Bahamian government tripled the number of sponsored students. These students will be among the students from more than eight other international countries who have attended Central State.

“Over the past two years we have made a concerted effort to ensure that our partnership with The Bahamas Ministry of Education is one that yields successful outcomes,” said Dr. Stephanie Krah, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “CSU is an institution that lives its mission of fostering academic excellence within a nurturing environment. Student success is the outcomes.”

The campus is busy this week as new students engage in activities designed to introduce them to a collegiate environment. New student orientation or “Pirate Week,” concludes on Sunday, August 13, with the culminating Candlelight Ceremony, an event that symbolizes the transformative journey of incoming freshmen or “Pirates” to “CSU Marauders.” Classes begin Monday, August 14.

This year, Central State University, was awarded the 2017 HBCU of the Year by the HBCU Digest and presented by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, is the fifth most affordable four-year institution in the nation for out-of-state students. Last fall, 45 percent of the total enrollment was from out-of-state. “This speaks to the brand and the image of the University outside of Ohio.” said Dr. Krah. “These students and their families understand CSU’s value proposition. Our goal, is to connect these students with internships and career opportunities in Ohio, which will lead to residency and the promotion of Ohio’s workforce.”

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) president Demetrius Johnson Jr., visited Central State University this past January and was extremely impressed with the campus and the current work of the University, as the only public land-grant HBCU in Ohio.

For more information about Central State University, visit their website at www.centralstate.edu.