3RD ANNUAL CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY CONFERENCE WELCOMED COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM 23 STATES TO NATION’S CAPITOL
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3RD ANNUAL CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY CONFERENCE WELCOMED COLLEGE AND
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM 23 STATES TO NATION’S CAPITOL
HBCU Students Get Immersion into Public Sector Careers at Federal Agencies and US Congress
Washington, DC – April 20, 2009 – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 3rd Annual Civic
Responsibility Conference provided a window into Federal Civil Service careers for 79 college and high
school students who were granted access to several federal agencies during their recent trip to
The 3-day leadership development conference is designed to provide students aspiring to work in the
federal government, run for public office, or work on Capitol Hill, an insider’s view at these influential
career tracks. Two college students were selected from each of the 47 member public Historically Black
Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and paired with juniors and seniors from four high schools in Texas
and two in Georgia.
“It’s so very important to expose students early on to various careers that will contribute to the growth of
this nation. We provide leadership training to bright and ambitious high school, college and graduate
students to show them the possibilities,” said Dwayne Ashley, TMCF’s President and CEO.
Highlights of the week included tours of the United States Department of Energy, Department of State,
the Washington Navy Yard, and the U.S. Capitol. Students were able to meet and visit with a number of
influencers, including: Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu, Senator Robert P. Casey (D-PA), Senator
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), and Rep. Joseph Chao (R-La),
“The active engagement of young people in this country’s political process has never been more evident
than during this past national election cycle. We want to nurture and grow this enthusiasm in our youth to
engage, debate, and influence at every level of government. Many of these students were visiting the
Nation’s Capitol for the very first time,” said Ashley.
Workshops introduced participants to current public policy debates, along with the organizations and
people who shape them. Sessions also featured interactive discussions about careers in the fields of
science, technology, engineering and mathematics with scientists and administrators from the United
States Department of Energy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The participating high school students attend the following schools:
Carver High School, Columbus, Georgia
Dooly County High School, Vienna, Georgia
Bowling High School, Houston, Texas
Hastings High School, Houston, Texas
Madison High School, Houston, Texas
Royal High School, Brookshire, Texas
Civic Responsibility Conference
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 with a population of well 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 7,500 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-