Frequently Asked Questions

Information You Should Know About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

What is the Thurgood Marshall College Fund?

TMCF is the only national organization founded for the sole purpose of providing scholarships to students attending the nation's public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In addition to scholarships, TMCF provides leadership development and training as well as programmatic and capacity building support to its member-schools.

What are TMCF’s main focus areas?

A. TMCF has three main focus areas:
  • To Provide Scholarships
  • To Provide Programmatic and Capacity Building Support
  • To Support Policy and Advocacy
Q. What is the mission of TMCF?

A. 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
  • Create a pipeline for employers to highly qualified member-school students and alumni
Q. How is the Thurgood Marshall College Fund different from other national organizations?

A. TMCF is the only organization providing scholarships, programmatic support and capacity building support to the nation's public HBCUs.

Q. How many students does TMCF represent at its member schools?

A. TMCF represents nearly 300,000 students attending its member-school network. 

Q. How many colleges and universities are participating members?

A. 47 member-schools which include colleges and universities, medical and law schools located in 22 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Q. How does the TMCF measure its success?

A. TMCF conducts an independent evaluation of its programs annually to assess the progress of each program. 

Q. Where are the main offices located?

A. TMCF is headquartered in the nation’s capital at 901 F Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20004 and in Houston, TX at 4801 Woodway Drive, Suite 300 East Houston, Texas 77056.

Q. What is the website address?


Q. How is the Organization funded?

A. TMCF is funded through corporate gifts, matching gifts, foundations, the federal government, endowments, bequests, and individual gifts. TMCF participates in federal, state and city-employee workplace campaigns, and also receives donor designations through United Way campaigns.

Q. How can I make a contribution to TMCF?

A. TMCF is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. All contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent of the law. 
The following are examples of how others have given to TMCF.
  • Matching Gifts
  • Corporate, Foundation and Individual Gifts
  • Stock Gifts
  • Legacies and Bequests
  • In-kind Contributions (i.e. property, printing, equipment, loaned executives and professional services)
  • United Way Designations
  • Combined Federal Campaign Contributions
  • Combined State and Municipal Contributions
Q. Can I designate a gift to a college or university?

A. Yes, gifts can be restricted to any member-school or program.

Q. How can I become more involved with the organization?

A. You can become involved through one of the member-schools, or at the national level. 
You can host a fundraiser, recommend potential donors/sponsors, become an advocate for public HBCUs; support the workplace campaigns in your area or volunteer your time at a local TMCF office or event. 

Q. How are scholarship recipients selected?

A. TMCF scholarship recipients must meet the following criteria:
  • Attend one of the 47 TMCF member-schools. For a list click here
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the duration of the scholarship
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551
  • Must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities and service experience
Q. Do I have to attend a TMCF member-school to receive a scholarship?

Yes, TMCF scholarships are restricted to students attending TMCF member-schools unless indicated in the scholarship award description.

Q. Who is eligible for a scholarship?

A. TMCF offers scholarships to undergraduate, graduate and law school students attending our member-schools. In addition, some scholarship donors may elect to have their contribution further designated by classification, geographic area, or other specifics, which will be listed in the scholarship award description.

Q. How many TMCF member-school graduates are there?

A. Approximately 2 million throughout the country and abroad.

Q. Does TMCF have a whistleblower policy? 

A. Yes, please click here to download and review the policy.