Altria Group and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Team Up to Increase Workforce Diversity

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Altria Group and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Team Up to Increase Workforce Diversity

Altria pledges $150,000 to fund scholarships and leadership training

NEW YORK, July 26, 2010 – Altria, a longstanding supporter of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), recently announced a unique initiative aimed at increasing the number of African American professionals in Corporate America. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents this country’s 47 Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities and 6 law schools, will draw from the nearly 235,000 students matriculating at TMCF Member Colleges & Universities campuses to provide annual scholarships and leadership training to 20 gifted and deserving students.


“Altria and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund are both committed to changing the world one leader at a time,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “TMCF will identify the best and brightest students from our Member Colleges & Universities, and we’ll use Altria’s generous commitment to provide them the necessary leadership development training and financial assistance so they realize their dreams of graduating college.”


“Altria and its companies are committed to helping create opportunities for promising students to graduate from college and start into fulfilling careers.  We understand that in order to take their places as members of the nation’s future workforce, young people need to be equipped and supported for quality learning. We are pleased to work with successful and well-respected schools like the TMCF member institutions,” said Jesse Calloway, Vice President and General Manager of Tobacco Processing for Philip Morris USA, Altria’s largest operating company.  Calloway is a member of TMCF’s board of directors.


Altria, which Businessweek ranked the 17th Best Place to Launch a Career in 2009, actively recruits and retains students from TMCF Member Colleges & Universities.  Cortez E. Jackson, a graduate of Harris-Stowe State University with a degree in Business Administration, and a beneficiary of the Altria/TMCF Scholarship Program, now works as a territory sales manager for Altria Sales & Distribution.  He summed it up best: “Being the beneficiary of the scholarship eased a lot of the financial burden I experienced while in college, and the internship program afforded me real-world experience that I was able to springboard into a challenging career opportunity at Altria.”

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 23 states and the US Virgin Islands with a population of 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 18,000 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-exempt organization.