Statement from Dwayne Ashley, CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund on Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee’s Support of Texas Southern University

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Statement from Dwayne Ashley, CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund on Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee’s Support of  Texas Southern University
Texas Southern University receives closure with Department of Education on $11 million dispute of financial aid repayment settlement

NEW YORK – Dwayne Ashley, CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) acknowledged today the diligent efforts of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee on her role that led to the Department of Education $ 11 million financial aid settlement with Texas Southern University.
 
“Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has been an outstanding supporter of HBCUs. Her leadership on this historic settlement for Texas Southern University is an extension of her continued advocacy and commitment to higher education for all Americans, especially those who are challenged economically . At a time when parents and students at Texas Southern have been hit hard by the economic downturn, this reinvestment in education is welcomed news to the community of parents and students who will benefit.” said Dwayne Ashley. “I applaud Representative Lee and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for the outstanding teamwork to resolve this issue.”

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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 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 12,000 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.