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Racquel Oden Becomes The First Black Woman To Serve As Chair Of Thurgood Marshall College Fund's Board Of Trustees

Nearly 40 years after being founded by N. Joyce Payne, history has been made over at Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).

Jan 12, 2024

Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Novartis Award $20M To 27 HBCUs As A Part Of A 10-Year Commitment

Black History Month is starting off right with the latest funding coming in for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Grio reports that 27 HBCUs have been awarded $20 million in faculty research grants and scholarships from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund-Novartis US Foundation HBCU Alliance. The funding for faculty research grants stems from the collaborative effort that launched in 2021 as a 10-year initiative aiming to “achieve a paradigm shift over time to address longstanding, endemic, and historically based disparities.” According to the outlet, the grants will be distributed in an effort to help improve health disparities within the Black community.

Feb 2, 2022

Roland S. Martin Joins McDonald’s USA To Provide Over $100K In Scholarships To HBCU Students

Roland S. Martin is teaming up with McDonald’s USA to help out Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). According to an official press release, the partnership will distribute over $100,000 in scholarships to shining juniors and seniors attending HBCUs. The contribution will celebrate Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and their 115 years of scholarship and Black excellence. The aim is to ensure the financial challenges impacting many HBCU students will be addressed by providing financial relief. “HBCUs and their students are vital to the fabric of our nation and I will always champion for their success,” said the media mogul and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Roland S. Martin, in a statement. “I’ve witnessed first-hand the financial struggle that impacts Black college students, especially those in their final semesters. So, I’m pleased to partner with McDonald’s and TMCF to celebrate my beloved fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, and provide a resource that will...

Feb 1, 2022

Southern Company, Global Leaders Announce $10M Grant To Help HBCU Students Land Jobs

Southern Company will be joining forces with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and nonprofit INROADS, Inc., to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The global leaders have announced $10 million in grants via the Southern Company Foundation to ensure students attending HBCUs will receive the financial backing to pursue academic opportunities. The funds will encourage students to advance their talents and economic developments within their communities, campus, and beyond. “Degrees matter. Careers matter. Impact also matters. Imagine the impact of this initiative as graduates pursue careers focused on developing and ensuring the viability of our communities! Thanks to the Southern Company Foundation for this important investment and innovative collaboration with UNCF and Thurgood Marshall College Fund. This investment will go a long way to provide sustainable impact for HBCUs, their students, and our communities,” said...

Dec 17, 2021

McDonald's Black & Positively Golden Scholarship Program To Award $500K To Students At HBCUs

This move could be life-changing for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). McDonald’s has announced its official plans to remove both financial and mental health barriers for HBCU students in its latest Golden Arches’ Partnership Extension powered through the Shine app, a minority-owned app dedicated to stress and anxiety management. According to a press release, McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Scholarship program will award $500,000 in scholarships to 35 HBCU students through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). “We take seriously the opportunity we have to help our future Black leaders succeed,” said Marty Gillis , New Jersey McDonald’s Owner/Operator and a National Diversity Marketing Committee Lead, in a press release. “The intense and sustained financial and emotional challenges of the past two years have been difficult for many Black students, which is why McDonald’s and our Owner/Operators are committed to meeting them...

Nov 17, 2021

Nick Cannon Wipes Out Student Debt Of Seven HBCU Students

Nick Cannon surprised seven college students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by agreeing to wipe out their student debt on “The Nick Cannon Show.” The television personality — who recently graduated from Howard University in 2020 — shared the brightest minds attend HBCUs, but crippling student debt can be a jarring obstacle students face upon their graduation. “I am so proud to be a part of an incredible legacy of HBCU graduates. Historically Black Colleges and Universities have played a pivotal role in developing some of the brightest minds and influencers of our time but the next generation of college students are concerned that the price of their education may be a little too high,” Cannon revealed in the opening segment. Seven HBCU students had the opportunity to share their testimonials which compelled them to attend an HBCU. Homelessness, toxic home environments and more were cited as personal struggles serving as the stepping stone for their...

Sep 30, 2021

President Dr. Harry L. Williams, Terrence J, TMCF Go Virtual To Celebrate The Legacy Of HBCU Homecomings

HBCU homecoming season is the most wonderful time of the year! There is nothing like the experience of a homecoming at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). From the concerts to the tailgate, it is a time for students, alumni, and guests to convene to celebrate the rich history of institutions that directly impact our culture. After COVID-19 took the world by storm, it stripped us of a lot of things. Seeing family, attending concerts — you name it. It was a year like no other. Homecoming events were among those delayed and canceled, but the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) had a plan. Last year was the inaugural celebration of Recognizing and Investing in Student Excellence (RISE), a virtual concert and fundraiser led by TMCF to celebrate the longstanding legacy of HBCU Homecomings. On Oct. 9, RISE returns with host Terrence J and performances by Migos, Moneybagg Yo, Justine Skye, NC A&T Blue, Gold Marching Machine and more!

Sep 15, 2021

Tyrese's Online Travel Service Partners With TMCF To Provide Thousands Of Students With Scholarships

When you think about the most recent travel advertisement you saw, do you recall seeing any Black people? After realizing there were not many Black people represented in travel company commercials, entertainer Tyrese Gibson knew that something had to be changed. From this thought, he created Voltron Travel, an online travel platform that was launched in 2013. It’s a Black-owned travel service that is dedicated to making the booking experience nothing short of ordinary for people who look like us. Now, the actor has relaunched his platform powered by Priceline® Partner Network. Recently, the travel company announced that it will partner with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to provide scholarships and other educational opportunities for thousands of students each school year. “We applaud Tyrese Gibson and Voltron Travel for their commitment to the Black College Community,” said TMCF Vice President of Development Betsy Burton-Strunk in an official statement. “Finding partners...

Sep 3, 2021

John Deere & The Federation of Southern Cooperatives Partner To Assist Black Farmers

John Deere is doubling down on its commitment to uplifting Black farmers. In the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests that followed the murder of George Floyd last summer, the leading tractor equipment company created a coalition on a mission to improve the livelihood of Black farmers. Legislations, Education, Advocacy, and Production (LEAP) was created to put action behind the company’s commitment to supporting Black farmers and now it’s advancing its mission in a partnership with the National Growers Council and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). Together, they will partner with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund to help eliminated barriers created by Heirs Property. “I am extremely excited about John Deere’s history and ongoing support of the Federation’s work in this regard,” shared Dania Davy, Director of Land Retention and Advocacy at the Federation in an exclusive interview with AfroTech. “For over 50 years, the Federation has worked to...

Jun 2, 2021

Hennessy Honors Madam Vice President Kamala Harris in Limited Editon Cocktail Set

Hennessy is celebrating our new Madam Vice President the right way! The world’s best-selling Cognac has announced its new limited edition Hennessy X.O 49 Commemorative Cocktail Set to celebrate the journey and accomplishments of the first Black and South Asian American Madam Vice President of the U.S., Kamala Harris. After originally being created for the personal enjoyments of friends and family, Hennessy X.O is the original Extra Old Cognac which established the category in 1870. “We are honored to pay tribute to the historic advancements of the first Black and South Asian American Madam Vice President, as well as to all those who are pushing the limits of potential and in doing so, are inspiring others,” said Senior Vice President of Hennessy US, Jasmin Allen, in a press statement. Not only is Harris breaking barriers as the nation’s first Black and South Asian American Madam Vice President, but she is also making history as the first graduate of an HBCU to hold one of the...

Feb 1, 2021

Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Google to Offer 20K HBCU Students Access to Digital Skills Training

The COVID-19 pandemic has displaced the very structure of America’s educational institutions and replaced it with remote learning for students. For many Black college students, the unequal access to digital learning has negatively impacted their job pursuits as they prep to enter the real world with new guidelines. In an effort to absolve the digital learning gap for those students, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund has partnered with Google to offer 20,000 HBCU students access to digital skills training starting in November, Forbes reports . View this post on Instagram A post shared by Thurgood Marshall College Fund (@tmcf_hbcu) According to Forbes , the global tech company will launch a Career Readiness Program via a $1 million grant that will insert its national online skills training initiative, Grow with Google, and custom workforce readiness workshops into the career centers of 20 different HBCU schools. The HBCU Career Readiness Program will reportedly offer content that...

Oct 16, 2020