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Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

For every $1 that TMCF invests in education, another $10 is needed to adequately address student needs. Your gift of $10 helps us fill this gap. 

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

Coronavirus Impact and Needs:

Helping students attend and graduate from college has been the hallmark of TMCF’s mission since our founding in 1987. That work continues even as we weather these unpredictable times. We know that the resilience of our member-schools and the students who attend them, will ultimately enable us to emerge from this storm more stronger and more determined than ever before. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund has sprung into action to do what we have always done: provide assistance to our students and schools. Thanks to the generous support of JP Morgan Chase, TMCF has provided emergency scholarships to students from across the nation. These emergency scholarships will help reduce food insecurity and help cover other unanticipated costs resulting from COVID-19. Additionally, Ally Financial and Wells Fargo are just a few of the many corporate partners who are stepping up to provide financial assistance. Their generosity has allowed us to establish the TMCF COVID-19 Emergency Fund so that we can continue to assist students in need. But there is more to be done and you can help. Since the onset of this pandemic, we have received emergency fund requests from more than 3,000 students with a demonstrable need totaling about $1.24 million. Click here to learn more about how you can support TMCF and the students they serve.

Established in 1987 and named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice, TMCF is the only national organization representing America's 47 publicly-supported HBCUs and PBIs, law schools and medical schools and the over 250,000 attending them each year. With TMCF member schools educating 66% of all students attending Black Colleges, the organization's work is critical to guaranteeing our country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders. 

TMCF achieves its vision of "Changing the World ... One Leader at a Time" by focusing on four areas: Scholarships; Member-School Capacity Building; Leadership Development & Career Preparation; and Public Policy & Advocacy. To date, TMCF has provided over $250 million in scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to students and member schools. TMCF is committed to providing access to higher education, college readiness and career preparation for the students attending its member schools, because TMCF institutions are a critical gateway to economic prosperity for low-income families and first generation college students. TMCF member institutions continue to produce a significant portion of bachelor's degrees earned by minority students each year and greatly impact the nation's skilled workforce. 

  • Nearly 1-in-7 Bachelor's degrees earned by African-Americans were earned at TMCF-member schools 
  • Nearly 30,000 students who attend TMCF-member schools are enrolled in Bachelor's STEM programs and enrollment in STEM disciplines has increased 73% in the past 20 years at TMCF-member schools 
  • Over 2 million young people have graduated from TMCF-member schools 
  • 55% of TMCF-member school graduates go on to enroll in professional and graduate schools 
  • 88% of TMCF Scholars graduate from college (versus a 60% national average for all students and 41% average for African-American students) 
  • TMCF's K-12 initiatives seek to create a college-ready pipeline of students for public HBCUs, ensure that those students get through college and earn a degree, and emerge from college with a career plan - either in graduate school or in a good job. A gift to TMCF recognizes and invests in America's young, talented diverse students.