|The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African American Justice, Thurgood Marshall. It was established in 1987 under the leadership of Dr. N. Joyce Payne in cooperation with Miller Brewing Co., Sony Music, the NBA, and two major higher education associations—The former National Association of State Universities & Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) (now the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU), and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). TMCF represents all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and supports nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include publicly-supported HBCUs, medical schools and law schools.
Why We Exist
TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities—access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing leaders of tomorrow.