THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND LAUNCHES FUTURE SCHOLARS OUTREACH

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THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND LAUNCHES FUTURE SCHOLARS OUTREACH
 
ANIMATED VIDEO TEACHES BENEFITS OF HBCUS TO  
ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDREN
 
NEW YORK, NY – February 26, 2009 - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) this week
launched a national effort to teach elementary and middle school children the rich history of the 105
public and private Historically Black Colleges and Universities with the help of video animation.
 
The initiative, called Future Scholars, uses a short animated video to give viewers a glimpse of the
interaction between three young students as they get an early start in planning how they’ll achieve their
career goals through higher education.  Destiny, the aspiring fashionista, dreams of becoming a fashion
designer and running her own business. Chase, the airplane enthusiast, plans to major in engineering so he
can build and fly planes like his idols, the Tuskegee Airmen. Their teenage tutor is the Scholar, who loves
playing basketball on his high school team, but plans to continue working hard to get an academic
scholarship to attend college.
 
The Future Scholars video is available for viewing at no cost, and is focused on reaching K-12 students,
community groups, churches and youth mentoring organizations. TMCF is celebrating 22 years of
providing leadership development, scholarships, and capacity building support to students, faculty and
staff at its 47 public HBCUs and 6 law schools.
 
“Sending a child away to college for the first time is a stressful experience. Many parents feel comfortable
with an HBCU campus because they know it will provide the same support and encouragement their
students would receive at home,” said Dwayne Ashley, Chairman and CEO of TMCF. “The goal of this
outreach is to encourage parents to start the college conversations with their children at an earlier age.”
 
Since their inception, HBCUs have produced accomplished leaders in every category of American
history, including: education, law, business, philanthropy, medicine, science, mathematics, athletics,
government, entertainment, hospitality and the military.
 
The list of the many notable HBCU Alumni include: Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall;
television talk show host Oprah Winfrey; radio broadcaster Tom Joyner; John W. Thompson, CEO of
Symantec; Grammy Award winning singer Toni Braxton; and actress Keshia Knight Pulliam.
 
To view the Future Scholars video, and to learn more about TMCF’s Teacher Quality and Retention
Program, please visit the Future Scholars link at http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org.
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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) located in 22
states with a population of well over 235,000 students. 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 and
Universities. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $91 million in scholarships and programmatic
and capacity support, enabling more than 7,500 students to attend public HBCU. 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.