Thurgood Marshall College Fund pledges scholarships for ECSU students
Joni Worthington February 03, 2014
University of North Carolina President Thomas W. Ross recently announced that the
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) will join efforts to support the retention and
graduation of students at Elizabeth City State University.
TCMF has pledged $150,000 to provide scholarships for eligible students who are in
their junior or senior year and need financial support to graduate. To qualify as
a TMCF Scholar, students must have a 3.0 or higher grade-point average and be in good
standing at the institution.
In making the announcement, Ross said: "In recent months we've been working with
Chancellor (Charles) Becton and his leadership team to help ECSU address enrollment
declines and significant state budget reductions," said Ross. "Johnny C. Taylor,
Jr., President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall Fund, was one of the first partners
to agree to provide financial assistance to ECSU students, many of whom are low-income
and the first in their families to attend college. Despite our University's commitment
to low tuition, these students face real challenges paying for college."
Taylor underscored TMCF's commitment to help ECSU students overcome financial barriers
to college completion, saying, "Due to new loan eligibility requirements from the
Department of Education and private financial institutions, many of our students are
unable to rely on loans they may have received in the past. These scholarships will
help fill the gap to ensure that students complete their college educations."
Students meeting TMCF criteria must apply directly to TMCF for scholarship funds,
which will be available beginning March 2014 through the spring 2015 semester. The
TMCF Scholars program will be jointly funded by TMCF and North Carolina-based Lowe's.
Through its Access Fund, Lowe's has demonstrated strong support for public historically
black colleges and universities(HBCUs).
ECSU Chancellor Becton said of the pledge: "The entire Elizabeth City State University
community thanks the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for allocating funds to support
retention efforts at ECSU. We are the premier 4-year regional education provider
for one of the most geographically challenging and economically disadvantaged regions
in the state. This funding from TMCF will help us retain top quality students and
ensure that those in our region who want to pursue and continue higher education can
afford to make their educational goals a reality."
TMCF is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established
in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member
schools that include public HBCUs, medical schools and law schools. Through its scholarships
and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. For more
information about TMCF and its initiatives,
For more information about Thurgood Marshall College Fund at Elizabeth City State
University, contact Mrs. Makitta McLean Whitehurst, 252-335-3355, firstname.lastname@example.org
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