Thurgood Marshall College Fund Statement On The White House HBCU Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC – February 28, 2017 – “President Trump’s Executive Order issued today is a significant and a positive first step in what we hope to be a productive working relationship on behalf of the Black College Community with the White House and Trump Administration. We look forward to working with the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch to ensure the President’s funding requests and the subsequent budget approved by Congress put the necessary resources into black colleges so they can continue doing the important work America needs them to do. Additionally, TMCF looks forward to working with Omarosa Manigault, a trusted adviser to President Trump and an alumna of two TMCF member-schools, Central State University and Howard University. We are encouraged to have her as our chief advocate and voice inside the White House. As the President moves this initiative from Department of Education to the White House, we now have a trusted advisor as a champion for HBCUs in the White House,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., TMCF President & CEO.

NOTE: Johnny C. Taylor Jr. is available for further comment.

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About Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), established in 1987 is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice. TMCF represents all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and its member-schools include the 47 publicly-supported HBCUs. With TMCF member-schools educating 80% of all students attending HBCUs, TMCF helps students with a clear intention to succeed acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities—access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: www.tmcf.org.