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WASHINGTON, DC (July 20, 2011) In these tough economic times, money for education, let alone research, is hard to come by. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is pleased to announce that grant disbursements for the first half of 2011 is expected to reach $1.1 million. Just $71,000 shy of the entire total of grants disbursed in 2010.

What is unique about 2011’s $1.1 million in first-half grants is that each of the 11 grants is for $100,000. Comparatively, 21 of the 23, 2010 grants were for $5,000 to $70,000, with the other two grants being $140,000 and $270,000 respectively.

“This milestone acknowledges the importance of the work the Thurgood Marshall College Fund does with regard to capacity building and programmatic support for its network of 47-public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs),“ said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO of TMCF.

TMCF’s on-going Grants Program is supported by a variety of sources, including government agencies that have included the U.S. Small Business Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy. Grants help to provide summer internships, scholarships, faculty-student research opportunities, technical support, fellowships, and the opportunity for faculty and students to attend TMCF conferences.

The current grants will be used for research, professional development, leadership training and teacher training, all aimed at increasing education and outreach to TMCF’s 47-member network of HBCUs/PBIs.

In addition to providing grants for capacity building and programmatic support for the advancement of our schools and the nearly 300,000 students who attend them, TMCF also provides scholarships and engages in policy advocacy and support, all of which helps to provide our communities, corporations, professionals and the world with the next generation of leaders, Changing the World…One Leader at a Time.



The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice, was established in 1987. TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending our 47-member schools, which include public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). TMCF's work is critical to guaranteeing our country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders. 

TMCF achieves its vision of Changing the World . . . One Leader at a Time by focusing on: Scholarships, Capacity Building & Programmatic Support, and Public Policy & Advocacy. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization and has a "Four Star" rating by Charity Navigator. For up-to-the-minute information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: