Research studies show a leading obstacle to obtaining a college degree is a student's inability to afford college. In 2011, the National Center for Education Statistics, reported that students enrolling or completing Bachelor’s programs has largely become stagnant.
Since its inception in 1987, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has provided scholarships to qualified students attending its member-schools. TMCF scholarships have provided support to help fund an education at one of our nation's public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
TMCF provides merit-based scholarships to students seeking financial assistance to complete their education. TMCF scholarship recipients are awarded annually to students meeting the TMCF eligibility criteria. Awards are made each semester and are based on a verification process designed to ensure that academic expectations are being met and that there is an unmet financial need.
All classifications of students are invited to apply for a TMCF scholarship.
Are merit based and applicants must have a financial need to qualify.
Are restricted for payment of tuition, on campus room and board, books and fees.
Are paid directly to the college or university on behalf of the award recipient to be credited to his or her school account.
The average award is $2,200.00 per student per semester.
All scholarship award recipients must re-apply annually for renewal.
TMCF Scholarship Criteria:
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Attend one of the 47 TMCF Member Schools
Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551
Demonstrate leadership qualities and service experience
Be recommended by a Faculty or Staff member of your current school
If selected, the TMCF | AFSCME Union Scholar will receive a 10-week summer field placement in the summer of 2017 during which the student will participate in a union organizing campaign in one of several field locations across the United States. Students who enter the program as sophomore are eligible to participate for a second year. Returning students will receive a 10-week summer placement at AFSCME headquarters in Washington, DC. All interns will receive the following:
A stipend of up to $4,000 (to be provided by AFSCME)
On-site housing at the intern’s location (provided by AFSCME)
A three-day orientation and training (conducted by AFSCME)
A three-day debrief (conducted by AFSCME)
An academic scholarship of up to $6,300 for the 2017-2018 school year, based on successful completion of the summer program (as determined by AFSCME) and unmet need (as determined by TMCF)