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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).

Ngozi Nwanji

Jan 12, 2024

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!

Shanique Yates

Sep 15, 2021

Visa Announces 50 Members Of Its Inaugural Black Scholars And Jobs Program

Visa continues its commitment to Black excellence. The company has announced its inaugural class of the Visa Black Scholars and Jobs Program where 50 incoming first-year college students across the nation will receive mentorships, scholarships, and the chance to join Visa full-time after graduation. This is yet another step forward as Visa works to prioritize inclusion and diversity. “We are honored to recognize this group of extremely talented students and to support their educational aspirations through the Visa Black Scholars and Jobs Program,” said Kelly Mahon Tullier, Visa Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, and program mentor in an official statement shared with AfroTech. “At Visa, we believe that change starts with action and we are committed to advancing racial equality and closing the opportunity gap. Through this program, we are supporting a pipeline of diverse future leaders in the business and technology sectors.” Created in partnership with...

Shanique Yates

Sep 8, 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...

Shanique Yates

Feb 1, 2021

Hershey Gifts Sweet $1.5M Donation to Thurgood Marshall College Fund For Food Science Majors

Hershey just donated a sweet gift to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). On Monday, the confection giant announced a $1.5 million investment in the TMCF, the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. In addition, Hershey’s goal is to increase that investment to $3 million over the next 10 years, according to the news release. “We are extremely grateful to Hershey for their generous support and commitment to supporting our students, particularly during these difficult and challenging times,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, President & CEO of TMCF. “This scholarship endowment will make it possible for students at our schools to pursue their passion for studying and earning a degree in food science. This is a welcomed investment in the future of our nation.” Following the racial unrest during the past summer, Hershey increased its efforts in Black communities, says PRNewswire. As a result, Hershey has opened its Hershey Scholarship to...

Niki McGloster

Dec 9, 2020

Big Sean Officially Launches Entrepreneurship Competition

Earlier this year, Ally Financial Inc., the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Sean “Big Sean” Anderson announced a partnership to create the Mogul In the Making program, a weekend dedicated to student entrepreneurs solving real-life problems. Now, students from around the country are convening in Detroit to network, compete, and learn about the ever-changing world of business. “It’s all about inspiring the youth – providing them with opportunities and knowledge to build their futures,” Big Sean said in a statement. “I’m excited to see what they come up with.” Since 2012 , entrepreneurial education at historically Black colleges and universities has become increasingly popular. These programs range from creating on-campus incubators, building partnerships with other brands, and ramping up the business schools. Big Sean’s role in the Ally Financial and TMCF partnership leans on the mission of his Sean Anderson Foundation to promote education and well-being in college-aged youth in...

Arriana McLymore

Mar 28, 2019