Here at Thurgood Marshall College Fund, we do more than offer scholarships, we enhance the educational experience with programs, networking and recruiting fairs, conferences and workshops for students and teachers via our annual Leadership Institute and our Teacher Quality and Retention Program. In addition, we offer grants to support school faculty with research projects and aim to support the overall personal and professional growth of every TMCF participant.
- Inspire leadership
- Create a pipeline for employers to talented students
- Enable students to succeed in the legislative process
- Introduce best practices and methodologies to advance the cause of public HBCUs
- Increase graduation and retention rates
- Work to improve technology, faculty research, fellowships and internships
TMCF Collegiate Academy
TMCF Collegiate Academies are a new national network of secondary schools. These ‘blended’ secondary schools will be located on or near the campuses of TMCF member-schools, and will deliver students a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, while also addressing 21st Century learning needs. TMCF Collegiate Academies will also take a new approach to student instruction and even the learning space itself. Subject-specific seminar rooms -- where students and teachers meet in small groups and one-on-one – replace the typical classroom set up of rows of forward-facing desks and teacher lectures. Team Rooms are “command central,” where students work on their courses, collaborate on team projects, and participate in guidance activities with their Success Coach.
Teacher Quality and Retention Program
The Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP) was designed to help teachers enhance the learning experience of students. Now, more than ever, our students need qualified teachers who can help them overcome challenging school environments and achieve academic and personal success. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) graduate more minority teachers than any other source.
TQRP provides one-week summer institutes designed to give education majors experience in the application of educational theories and practices. This training will equip future teachers with the skills they need to successfully enter high-need schools in urban and rural communities. Selected STEM majors will take part in a two-week fellowship designed to expose those considering a career in education to the latest theories and practices associated with exemplary science and mathematics instruction. Program fellows will attend one of four Institutes being held around the country.
The Leadership Institute is a national program that includes a four-day conference designed to provide leadership development, career training, internship and employment opportunities to top students at TMCF’s member network of public HBCUs. Participants include students who are interviewed and selected via a highly competitive process. These scholars include high-performing students in business, STEM, education and other fields. As a result of the conference, many of TMCF’s Leadership Institute participants receive internships and employment offers with private and public sector industries. These students are tracked throughout their internship experience and their first year of employment. TMCF Leadership Institute program evaluation metrics include internship and employment offer rates as well as job performance and retention.
Member Universities Professional Institute
The Member Universities Professional Institute (MUPI) is a national program that includes a yearly two-day conference designed to provide professional development, networking and best-practice sharing among administration, faculty and staff of TMCF’s member network of public HBCUs. MUPI includes a one-day leadership summit designed especially for university presidents, chancellors and law school deans. In addition to the two-day conference, TMCF’s Government Affairs and Programs divisions lead capacity-building initiatives with MUPI participants. These initiatives include an International Collaboration Group (ICG), which is pursing federal grants for work in Sierra Leon and Brazil; a technology resources initiative, which seeks to expand cloud-computing capabilities among public HBCUs; access to collaborative partnerships including UNCF’s Building Green Initiative, the Institute for International Education’s (IIE) faculty study abroad program, and others.
Supporting Education for Returning Veterans (SERV)
The Supporting Education for Returning Veterans (SERV) program is designed to help veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, (Operation Enduring Freedom [OEF], Operation Iraqi Freedom [OIF]) and interested in obtaining a college degree majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
Consortium for Undergraduate STEM Success (CUSTEMS)
The Consortium for Undergraduate STEM Success (CUSTEMS) is a collaboration of post-secondary institutions interested addressing issues relating to undergraduate degree completion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields, with particular focus on under-represented students. CUSTEMS combines student academic data from participating institutions with survey responses from those same students to inform institutions about patterns of student migration into and out of STEM fields.
TMCF/CDC Ambassador Program
The TMCF/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Student Ambassador Program was created in 2011 and is designed to increase interest in public health careers, and promote CDC as a preferred employer. There are numerous exceptional careers for extraordinary people at CDC. The program also serves as an opportunity for selected students interested in careers in public health to gain hands on experience and mentorship from key staff within the CDC and become ambassadors for the CDC. Through this partnership, the CDC has the opportunity to market the agency and share career opportunities within the industry, as well as share valuable information that will prepare students to compete for jobs within the federal government. It serves as one key recruitment vehicle for the CDC’s diversity efforts.