Thurgood Marshall College Fund Statement on TMCF Member-School Receiving $11M Federal Government Recovery Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, DC (August 29, 2018) – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) thanks Members of Congress, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other senior Education Department officials for working together to award TMCF member-school University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) with a $11,174,154 grant to assist with campus recovery efforts following the damaging impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

TMCF remains committed to ensuring that UVI gains the ability to apply for participation in the deferral option for their HBCU Capital Finance Loans, much like the private institutions who participate in the HBCU Capital Finance Program are, and that the UVI School of Medicine be added as a Historically Black Graduate Institution in the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. These measures would help to further strengthen the institution and further solidify UVI’s role as an economic engine for the Virgin Islands.

Bipartisan engagement is key to achieving results and TMCF will continue to advocate for UVI and the rest of our 47 member-schools.

Note: Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president & CEO, is available for further comment.

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ABOUT THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND (TMCF)

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 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 spaces. The organization is also a source for 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.