Howard University To Receive Major Investment From Boeing Through Thurgood Marshall College Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 7, 2018) – Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace and aircraft manufacturing company, recently announced a $6 million investment in future technology professionals attending eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Howard University. The investment was created through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the black college community.

“This investment is another example of how we are building a diverse pipeline of future talent,” says Boeing Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion Michael Ford. “We hope to inspire and enable HBCU students to pursue careers in the aerospace industry.”

The investment will fund scholarships, internships and on-campus engagements for Howard University students, in addition to students attending Alabama A&M, Clark Atlanta, Morgan State, North Carolina A&T State and Tuskegee Universities, along with Spelman and Morehouse Colleges. Students will have access to immersive “boot camp” programs, designed for exposure to Boeing’s culture and career paths.

“The support from Boeing is more than a gift,” says TMCF President & CEO Harry L. Williams, Ph.D.“It is the manifestation of a long-term strategic partnership that will change the trajectory of so many innovative, intelligent and deserving students.”

Boeing hired an outside consulting group to research and determine which HBCUs should be chosen for the investment. The next phase will be implementation. Over the next few months, the University expects to receive specifics on Boeing’s investment, which will allow University leaders to select the departments that are best suited to utilize the funds.


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 (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). To date the organization has awarded more than $300 million in such assistance to its students and member-schools.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, nine Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 60 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University visit

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