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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Announces Partnership

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NEW YORK – Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) announced a multi-year, $1.7 million national partnership with Wells Fargo to provide scholarships and leadership development training to student leaders attending the country’s 47 public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). In addition, Wells Fargo will continue to support one of TMCF’s leading programs, the Teacher Quality & Retention Program (TQRP), which focuses on increasing the number of Black males entering the teaching profession to educate children at high-need schools in urban and rural communities.

“Wells Fargo and TMCF share a commitment to education,” said Gigi Dixon, director of national partnerships for Wells Fargo. “We also believe everyone deserves access to high-quality and affordable education, which is why we are committed to working with TMCF to enable more low-income and underrepresented students to attend and graduate college - one of the most important ways we can help our communities become economically self-sufficient.”

To launch next year’s scholarship program, TMCF will provide scholarships to public HBCU students who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and possess exceptional leadership potential. Selected Wells Fargo/TMCF Scholars will receive the equivalent of a full-tuition and fee scholarship for an in-state student to attend a public HBCU, and each of them will participate in a year-long program that includes quarterly leadership seminars facilitated by Wells Fargo executives and an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for an intensive leadership development conference.

"As a recent graduate, I understand how difficult it can be to get face time with top employers,” said Jadd Halawani, a 2012 graduate of Delaware State University and now a Wells Fargo Securities Administrative Services Analyst. “The Thurgood Marshall College Fund put me on the frontline to interact with companies like Wells Fargo and gave me the confidence to do so by knowing that I was selected to be there. The relationships I cultivated and direction I was provided by the Wells Fargo team prepared me for obstacles I would encounter post-graduation. The relationship between Wells Fargo and TMCF not only provided me with an excellent employment opportunity, but with contacts that act as my personal sponsors.”

Recognizing the significant underrepresentation of Black male teachers in America’s classrooms, Wells Fargo will also sponsor a year-long program to identify Black male students committed to a career in teaching. As part of the overall program, these TMCF TQRP Fellows participated in a residential program on the campus of Prairie View A&M University for one week this summer intended to prepare them to become certified master teachers after graduation.

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