New-Thurgood Marshall College Fund President Visits York

Johnny Taylor, Jr. the new president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) recently visited York College where he met with President Marcia V. Keizs, senior administrators and students.

York College is a member institution of the TMCF and has received over $800,000 to support student scholarships, technology software, and administrative professional development over the past six years

Mr. Taylor enjoyed a tour of York’s campus and remarked favorably on the diversity of the students he met, among them, Odain Huggins, a native of Jamaica, West Indies, who has so far received a $10,000 TMCF scholarship and is now a finalist competing for a “Gold Standard Scholarship” affiliated with the NBA.

Huggins is excited about the possibilities of such a windfall in his college career. “What I’m going to do is use the $30,000 to go to a Thurgood Marshall graduate school,” said the Accounting major. “I am just excited to go and [to] meet the other scholarship recipients. I look forward to the possibility that future business associates can result from friendships established at the two-day event. I’m always excited to meet people from different backgrounds.”

Huggins is mentored by York’s president, Dr. Marcia V. Keizs and is himself, a mentor in the Department of Student Development. The Scholarship is applied in two ways: $10,000 awarded to 24 regional winners, and an additional $30,000 is awarded to four national winners. The four winners are selected from the larger pool of 24 and they become eligible candidates upon being announced winners of the smaller sum.

The NBA, Bacardi Corporation, and TMCF will fly the scholarship winners- and one guest each, to the J.W. Marriott Hotel, in Miami, Florida, on June 27th. Both the regional and national winners of the dual-faceted scholarship will be formally announced during the luncheon ceremony the following day.

About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), formerly the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice. It was established in 1987 under the leadership of Dr. N. Joyce Payne in cooperation with Miller Brewing Co., Sony Music, the NBA, Reebok, and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities. TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending our 47-member schools, which include public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). TMCF’s work is critical to guaranteeing our country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders. TMCF achieves its vision of Changing the World . . . One Leader at a Time by focusing on three areas: Scholarships, Capacity Building Programmatic Support, and Public Policy Advocacy.

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