STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND, ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUNDING TO REBUILD AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY IN NEW ORLEANS (SUNO)

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STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND, ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUNDING TO REBUILD AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY IN NEW ORLEANS (SUNO)

NEW YORK, [AUGUST 19, 2009] – Dwayne Ashley, President  & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), praised the Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Janet Napolitano on the recent announcement that more than $32 million dollars in funding will be allocated to Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to rebuild four educational buildings affected by damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

“The Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Janet Napolitano’s investment in rebuilding South University of New Orleans’s campus is an investment in America’s future leaders in Louisiana and the region. SUNO serves as a gateway for many young men and women to access higher education. In addition, the campus serves as a major economic center for the community providing services to the public through its library and other community-based programs, “said Ashley. “Their act to expedite funding is aligned with the President’s goal of increasing the college-going rates by ensuring that more young people will access education through its campus.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than $400 million dollars has been funded to the state of Louisiana for K-12 public schools and universities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Funds will aid approximately 35 K-12 and five (5) higher education facilities, including SUNO, to return to their pre-Katrina conditions.


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About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund:
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. Over the last 22 years, Thurgood Marshall College Fund has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, scholarships, programmatic, and capacity support, enabling over 7,500 students to attend public Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Thurgood Marshall College Fund also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. Thurgood Marshall College Fund is a 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization. Please visit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund at www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org.
 

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