The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Walmart Foundation are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students who will be incoming freshmen at one of the 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within the TMCF member-school network. The TMCF |Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholars Program is open to graduating high school seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Selected scholars will receive a campus mentor and a one-year merit scholarship of up to $6,200 for the 2016-2017 academic school year, which will be used to cover the costs of tuition and fees, on-campus room and board and required textbooks purchased from member-schools. The funds are applied in the fall and spring semesters at $3,100 per semester.
A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and siblings do not have a college degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a college/university and attain a bachelor’s degree.
- Be a first-generation college student
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a graduating high-school senior/incoming college freshman
- Be accepted to and prepared to attend one of TMCF’s 47 member-schools
- Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in high school
- Be recommended by a high school counselor
- Have demonstrated financial need through the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Have demonstrated leadership ability through a variety of measures
- Resume (include community service, leadership and employment/internship experience)
- 2016-2017 Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA)
- Current high school transcript (unofficial or official, GPA must show on transcript)
- Recommendation from current high school counselor or faculty member
- Essay: In a minimum of 500 words, please address the following question:
- What does it mean to be the first person in your family to receive a college degree? What impact would this scholarship have on your education?
How to Apply
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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.
Since the program’s inception in 2012, TMCF has selected and supported over 120 scholars and connected them with over 50 mentors. Each year, TMCF selects outstanding students to mentor as the newly selected group of Walmart Foundation First-Generation Scholars.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. Mentors are effective resources in helping new college students overcome many of challenges they may face as freshman. Any eligible student on a TMCF member-school campus can apply to become a mentor.
- Resume builder
- Leadership development
- TMCF letter of recommendation
- $500 stipend ($250 per semester)
- Be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student with a 3.25 or better term and cumulative GPA
- Be enrolled as a full-time student (12 hours or more) each semester
- Be active in student activities/organizations and/or other campus events
- Provide current resume
- Have familiarity with the student resources available on your campus and in the community
- Be able to provide academic, social and emotional support to your mentee
- Be eager to help your mentee adjust to the campus, the academic demands of college, and life away from home
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