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
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.
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.
TMCF/Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholars Mentorship Program
The TMCF/Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholars Mentorship Program assists first generation freshmen with adjusting to the academic and social environment on TMCF member-school campuses. Each year, TMCF awards 65 scholarships to first generation freshmen and pairs them with qualified student mentors at their schools. The primary objective of the program is to provide first generation college students with role models who give academic and social support, as well as overall college-life guidance that will assist in making the transition from high school to college a success.