FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TMCF urges President Trump to sign without delay
WASHINGTON, DC (December 10, 2019) – “The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) applauds Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) for working with leaders in the House of Representatives to iron out disagreements and moving expeditiously to pass the FUTURE Act with a 10-year renewal of mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) under Title III, Part F of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which previously expired on September 30, 2019.
We express our sincere appreciation to Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) for their leadership in co-sponsoring the original legislation, and to all of the other members of the U.S. Senate who came together, in a bipartisan way, to extend this critical investment in our Nation’s post-secondary students.
If signed into law by President Trump, this $2.55 billion in critical mandatory federal funding (Title III, Part F), will continue to help eligible colleges and universities enhance their fiscal stability, improve their institutional management, and strengthen their academic programming, particularly within high-demand career areas, like careers in STEM disciplines.
This bill would not have passed Congress today without the collective advocacy efforts of the entire MSI community. The thousands of letters, phone calls, social media posts, and in-person meetings conducted by advocacy organizations, higher education leaders, administrators, alumni, and students made the difference in getting this legislation through Congress and to the President’s desk for signature.
Now, TMCF strongly encourages President Trump to show his unwavering support for HBCUs, PBIs and other MSIs by signing this important bill into law so this materially-important funding will be reinstated and our institutions can continue to positively impact the lives of their students.” Harry L. Williams, TMCF president & CEO
ABOUT THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND
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 Predominantly Black Institutions, enrolling nearly 80% of all students attending black colleges and universities. Through 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.
TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF, visit: www.tmcf.org.