Thurgood Marshall College Fund Opens New College-Prep Café at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy

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High School Students Get Tools and Scholarships Needed for College

Washington, DC (August 26, 2013) – Last week, ninety freshman at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy experienced first-hand the new Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) College Prep Café as they spent the day in a room designed exclusively for them, using new technology that will allow them to prepare for college for the next four years. TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., Principal Richard Watts, and Superintendent Beverly Emory along with teachers and community leaders, state and county officials, parents and students took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony on August 21st that opened the doors to this inaugural TMCF College Prep Café.

“This is an exciting time for TMCF!” said Taylor. “Giving students the vital tools at the high school level needed for a higher education will ensure their readiness for college and give them opportunities to a bright future.”

The TMCF College Prep Café will introduce a new blended-learning style that combines the best of online and face-to-face education. This special program, in partnership with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Winston-Salem State University, and Connections Education, has created a college-style lounge at the Academy where freshman participate in college prep seminars, choose hundreds of online electives and clubs that colleges look for on high school transcripts, and receive mentoring and guidance from university students and alumni.

With entrance into colleges and universities becoming more competitive, freshmen who enroll at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy will have exclusive use of the Café and will benefit from three key ingredients for college success to include: a college mind-set, curriculum that counts, and motivational financial aid. Students who utilize the café’ and graduate from Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy with at least a 3.0 grade point average will receive a scholarship from TMCF to assist with their college financial obligations.

As the ceremony concluded, Taylor encouraged the students to take advantage of all that the Café has to offer and to know that there are many people who are supporting them as they work hard over the next four years. “If you do your part and graduate in 2017, we will do our part and make sure you can continue through and graduate from college in 2021,” Taylor said.

About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities —access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. TMCF is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization and for more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit