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NEW YORK, NY – February 27, 2009 - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has launched a
monthly series of essay contests for college students attending its 47 member public Historically Black
Colleges and Universities, and 6 law schools. The Women’s History Month contest starts March 1.
The first contest question was posted earlier this month in recognition of Black History Month, and will
be followed by a new question each month thru the end of the year. Two students will win a $500
scholarship or other prizes.
The contest is part of TMCF’s ongoing efforts to expose students to a variety of career development
“Participating in an essay contest is an excellent way for students to develop their persuasive writing
skills while earning some extra funds in the process,” said Dwayne Ashley, president and CEO of the
Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “We also realize that many of our students and their parents are
struggling through challenging economic times and may need some additional support to keep focused on
completing their education.”
The essay contest is open to currently enrolled students at TMCF member universities. A new question
will be posted on the web site on the first day of each month, and the contest will close at midnight on the
last day of the month. Names of the winners will be posted online the following weekend, and they will
be notified directly by TMCF staff. To enter, or to learn more about the contest rules and questions,
please go to the website at
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.