Facts

Facts about the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

  • Nearly 1-in-7 Bachelor’s degrees earned by African-Americans were earned at TMCF member-schools.

  • More than 23,000 students who attend TMCF member-schools are enrolled in Bachelor’s STEM programs.

  • 92% of all students who attend TMCF member-schools rely on financial aid in their pursuit of a degree.

  • TMCF member-schools enroll approximately 80% of all students attending the nations public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

  • 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.

  • Enrollment in STEM fields has increased 57% in the past 20 years at TMCF member-schools.

Administration
  • A national board of directors comprised of corporate, legal and community leaders govern TMCF.

  • TMCF has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, and Houston with regional staff located in North Carolina.

Notable Graduates of TMCF member-schools
  • Justice Thurgood Marshall

    • The first African-American Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is a graduate of Lincoln University (PA) and the Howard University School of Law.
  • Ed Bradley

    • A CBS news "60 minutes" correspondent is a graduate of Cheyney University.
  • Willie E. Gary

    • A distinguished attorney, motivational speaker and television executive received his Juris Doctor degree from the North Carolina Central University School of Law.
  • Earl G. Graves

    • CEO, Publisher and Founder of Black Enterprise magazine is a graduate of Morgan State University.
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson

    • Founder of Rainbow/PUSH, a Baptist minster and a civil rights activist is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.
  • Vernon E. Jordan

    • A distinguished attorney and business executive received his Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law.
  • Sharon Pratt Kelly

    • The first female mayor of Washington, DC is a graduate of Howard University.
  • Kweisi Mfume

    • The former President/CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a graduate of Morgan State University.
  • Bobby Phills

    • An American professional basketball player in the NBA is a graduate of Southern University.
  • Jerry Rice

    • A retired Hall of Fame American football wide receiver is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University.
  • Lynn Whitfield

    • An Emmy-winning actress is a graduate of Howard University.
  • Iyanla VanzantCongressman Bennie Thompson is a graduate of Jackson State University.

    • An author, inspirational speaker and television personality is a graduate of Medgar Evers College.

  • Congressman Bennie Thompson is a graduate of Jackson State University.

  • Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.

  • For a full list of notable public HBCU graduates and students, click here.
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