Proposed TMCF Pell Grants

The Pell Grant program is EXTREMELY important to the nation's ability to assure students access to higher education.  The Pell grant program presently provides a maximum annual award to students in need in the amount of $5,550.  We know that 83% of all students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) need some type of financial assistance.  The scholarships we provide at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) cover only a portion of the expected cost of college, and we know we enable our scholars to close the financial gap in their ability to afford college.  However, if Congress cuts the Pell Grant program, the results would be devastating, and it would be impossible for many of the students who attend our 47 public HBCUs to achieve their dream of completing college and starting a professional career. 

We urge you to take action.  Six U. S. Senators and six members of the U.S. House of Representatives — who make up what’s known as the Super Committee — face a November 23, 2011 deadline to cut the deficit by a staggering $1.5 trillion.  Pell Grants help millions earn their way into the middle class and strengthen our economy, yet Pell is a prime target for crippling cuts.  We cannot balance the budget on the backs of hard-working students.

 Tell the Super Committee to SAVE PELL. Do it today!  Cutting Pell now would cut short the college careers of millions of students and hurt our nation’s economy.  It’s easy for YOU to help Save Pell: Go to our Action Center at www.bit.ly/savepellnow.  It will take only a few minutes of your time, to contact the U.S. Congress and help spread the word. Small actions by thousands will make a HUGE difference for low-income students and the future of our country.  Please join TMCF, its 47 member schools, and the nearly 300,000 students on these campuses to support Pell. We cannot sit back and trust that our legislators will do the right thing. Join TMCF today in fighting back!

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