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Statement from Dwayne Ashley, CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund Regarding the Death of HBCU Alumnus Steve McNair

Retired NFL Quarterback Remembered as Philanthropist and Trailblazer for Black College Student-Athletes

New York, NY – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund mourns the loss of retired NFL quarterback Steve McNair, an alumnus of TMCF’s member university Alcorn State University, for his commitment to community service and to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Steve attended Alcorn State University in his native Mississippi, where he remained committed and often commented on the great experience he had while a student there. He was a dedicated student-athlete, and developed the leadership skills in the classroom that he would later showcase on the field and in the NFL.

While Steve’s passion for his craft made him a standout, his genuine concern for and commitment to the youth of Mississippi and adopted hometown of Nashville fulfilled the legacy of the late Thurgood Marshall.

Steve McNair should be forever remembered by today’s youth as a generous philanthropist and dedicated father. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire McNair family, especially Mechelle McNair and his four sons.


About Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 law schools located in 22 states and the US Virgin Islands with a population of over 235,000 students. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 12,000 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization.