Charity of the week
Named after the first African-American Supreme Court justice, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (tmcf.org) is the only national organization that represents the nation’s 47 publicly supported historically black colleges and universities. These schools make up only 3 percent of American colleges, but disproportionately enroll low-income, first-generation, academically underprepared students. About 97 percent of all students at the colleges will seek financial assistance to help complete their education. Since its founding in 1987, the fund has awarded $250 million in assistance to schools and institutions— including $2.5 million in scholarships in 2015 to nearly 450 low-income, high-performing students. Close to 100 percent of the fund’s scholarship recipients graduate from college, and each year the organization helps some 200 students obtain executive-track career positions.
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