TMCF-25th-211X339BW_newThurgood Marshall College Fund Selects Morehouse College to Receive Over $700,000 in Microsoft Software Through Its Technology Initiative

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) announced today that it has awarded over $700,000 in Microsoft software, from its ongoing Technology Initiative, to Morehouse College – the first non-TMCF member-school to receive such support.

The TMCF Technology Initiative was created to address long-term technology needs of HBCU campuses and to identify funding sources to support technology upgrades.  In April 2000, TMCF commissioned a comprehensive study of technology usage at its 47 member-schools, publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). From that study, TMCF identified there were major needs and opportunities to upgrade technology at its member-schools.

“HBCUs look to TMCF for new opportunities and solutions, like this, to assist them with building their capacity as they continue to serve the students matriculating on their campuses,” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.  “Using technology to improve educational outcomes is a must today; and, we are excited to provide Morehouse with these resources to assist them in building their technology capacity.”

Since its inception, Microsoft has been a technology partner of the Initiative, and recently awarded TMCF with an additional $8 million software grant for 2013 and 2014. The Microsoft grant makes available Microsoft software and licenses across the spectrum of Microsoft products including operating system software, desktop applications, programming, server, site management and instructional software, which enables TMCF to assist HBCUs in upgrading institutional computers and technology.

“We are excited that the Thurgood Marshall College Fund considered Morehouse for this much-needed donation,” said Morehouse College President Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr.  “Improving our technology infrastructure will allow us to serve our students, faculty, staff, and the community-at-large in a more robust living-learning environment.”

As the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men,Morehouse College was founded in 1867 and celebrated a huge milestone in 2013 – marking the 100th anniversary of the name change from Augusta Baptist College to Morehouse College in 1913. Morehouse College was recently recognized as the number one liberal arts college in the nation by Washington Monthly; and, has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,189.

“Recent changes to the PLUS Loan program have cost colleges tens of millions of dollars in tuition revenue over the past two years.  HBCUs, in particular, have felt an added burden with additional cuts in their federal and state funding – creating a financial crisis for both publicly-supported and private HBCUs,” said Taylor. “If we are able to help any HBCU to build its capacity, such as technology, TMCF will be there to assist – ultimately helping HBCU students to realize their college dreams.”

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 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.


SOURCE Thurgood Marshall College Fund