Positive vibes, energy, and HBCU representation filled the room with presidents and chancellors from colleges around the nation. It was truly an honor to be seated at the table with such prestige and power, and to hear first hand from these representatives who lead the most prestigious educational institutions for African American college students.
Senator Kamala Harris and Dr. Harry L. Williams, President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund sat down for a fireside chat during the annual Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) event for its 47 member-school presidents and chancellors. The event was packed with sessions on the TMCF value proposition, HBCU sustainability, capital financing for HBCUs, capacity building opportunities, and the advocacy agenda for the new 116th Congress. As a proud HBCU graduate of the illustrious Fisk University established in 1866, the discussion was not only something that I could relate to, but also something that I strongly support and understand. As TMCF’s mission is to ensure student success by promoting educational excellence and preparing the next generation of workforce talent through leadership development, if we don’t advocate and it’s not us, then who?
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). Publicly-supported HBCUs enroll over 80% of all students attending HBCUs. 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 a source for top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.
To date the organization has awarded more than $300 million in such assistance to its students and member-schools. TMCF distributes 98% of its awards exclusively to HBCUs and PBIs, which is more than any other organization that supports the Black College Community. TMCF has achieved the highest level of accreditation from three major non-profit review groups: Charity Navigator (4-Stars), Guide Star (Platinum Level Participant) and Better Business Bureau – Wise Giving Alliance (20 out of 20 standards). TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization and the place WHERE EDUCATION PAYS OFF.
To learn more and how you can support visit TMFC.org.
By Patrice Hartt of Millbuzz.