Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)
Founded in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African American Justice, Thurgood Marshall. TMCF is the only organization that supports the nation’s 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Our mission is three-fold: Partner with our member-schools to increase access, retention and graduation rates of students, identify and prepare students attending member-schools who have significant leadership potential, and create a pipeline for employers to highly qualified member-school students and alumni.
TMCF helps students acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost; develops leaders of tomorrow; and connects high-performing students with top-tier employment opportunities. To date, TMCF has awarded more than $250 million in assistance to its students and member-schools. TMCF member-schools remain a vital source of higher education for all students, and more than 80% of all students enrolled in HBCUs attend TMCF member-schools. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization under the leadership of President & CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
HBCUs disproportionately enroll low-income, first-generation college students — the students that the country most needs to obtain college degrees. HBCUs have one- eighth of the average size of endowments than historically white colleges and universities. Against these odds, HBCUs historically have provided an affordable education to millions of students of color, graduating the majority of America’s African American teachers, doctors, judges, engineers, and other scientific and technological professionals.
Today, a full quarter of HBCUs across the nation have at least a 20% non-Black student body. Some people worry that the changing composition of HBCUs endangers the very aspect of these institutions that makes them unique; others argue that diversity makes these institutions stronger, by fostering mutual respect and an appreciation for Black culture among a broader population.