TMCF | Walmart First-Generation Scholarship

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The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Walmart Foundation are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students who will be incoming freshmen at one of the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within the TMCF member-school network. The Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholarship is open to all graduating high school seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Selected scholars will receive a mentor and a one-year merit scholarship of $6,200 for the 2015-2016 academic school year, which will be used to cover the costs of tuition and fees, on-campus room and board and required textbooks purchased from member-schools. The funds are applied in the fall and spring semesters at $3,100 per semester.


A first-generation college student is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) has never enrolled in a college or university and does not have a college degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree.

  • Be a citizen of the United States 
  • Be a graduating high-school senior/incoming college freshman 
  • Be accepted to and prepared to attend one of TMCF’s 47 member schools 
  • Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in high school 
  • Be a first-generation college student 
  • Be recommended by a high school counselor 
  • Have demonstrated financial need through the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 
  • Have demonstrated leadership ability through a variety of measures
Applicants must also submit the following documents for consideration:
  • Resume (include community service, leadership and employment/internship experience) 
  • 2015-2016 Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA) 
  • Most recent transcript (unofficial or official, GPA must show on transcript) 
  • Recommendation from current high school counselor or faculty member
  • Essay: In a minimum of 500 words, please address one of the following questions
    • What does it mean to be the first person in your family to receive a college degree? What impact would this scholarship have on your education?
Document formats accepted: PDF OR MS Word


All Scholarship Applications must be submitted electronically. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Deshuandra Walker
Student Support Programs Manager
Thurgood Marshall College Fund 
4801 Woodway, Suite 300 E| Houston, TX 77056
p: 713.955.1073| f: 202.448.1017
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Submission Deadline: May 22, 2015 @ 11:59 PM EST