U.S. ARMY AND THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND PARTNER TO PROMOTE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS

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Alexandria, Va. (Sept. 18, 2012) — The U.S. Army has formed a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to help ensure African-American students capitalize on the significant scholarship, leadership development and career opportunities available through the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

As one of the nation’s largest providers of college scholarships, the U.S. Army has provided more than $10 million to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Further, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has formed education partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) to provide research programs and internships that address the projected shortfall of scientists and engineers among diverse communities.

The Army’s partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) will help promote the Army’s educational benefits to students, administrators, faculty and community leaders. TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical and law schools.

The partnership also supports both organizations’ mission to help prepare and train the next generation of leaders, whether as soldiers or civilians, with a particular focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields. High-earning STEM careers are projected to grow by 29 percent between 2010 and 2020. However, the percentage of African-Americans earning STEM degrees has fallen during the last decade, with less than seven percent of bachelor’s degrees, four percent of master's degrees, and two percent of PhDs in STEM being awarded to African-Americans, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Among the reasons cited for this decline is the high cost of completing a college education.

The Army-TMCF partnership seeks to address this by attracting high-achieving students (a 3.7 high school cumulative GPA; minimum scores of 1260 SAT and 27 ACT, and; a varsity letter winner or equivalent athletic achievement) to apply for two-, three- or four-year Army ROTC scholarships. Initial outreach will begin in New York, Los Angeles, Richmond and Petersburg, Va. in the fall term of the 2012 school year.

“TMCF is excited, during its 25th anniversary celebratory year, to join forces with the U.S. Army to identify the best and brightest African-American high school students who can, with the financial and leadership development assistance provided through the Army ROTC, create the next generation of military officer leaders,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

The Army offers valuable career and education opportunities as well as high-tech and leadership training for young adults. Army’s education and career opportunities are a premier pathway to obtain higher education, leadership training and career opportunities.

To learn about and apply for Army ROTC scholarships, please visit www.goarmy.com/rotc. To learn more about Thurgood Marshall College Fund programs and scholarship opportunities, please visit www.thurgoodmarshallcollegefund.org.