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Tuskegee to benefit from $6M Boeing investment into Thurgood Marshall College Fund

June 05, 2018

Paris Dennard, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Michael Tullier, APR, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Boeing | TMCF | HBCU Partnership Tuskegee University is among the eight HBCUs benefiting from a $6 million investment by Boeing in the future technical workforce through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) — the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the black college community. The partnership will help to build a robust pipeline of diverse, early career talent with Boeing.

“This investment is another example of how we are building a diverse pipeline of future talent,” said Michael Ford, Boeing vice president of Global Diversity and Inclusion. “Through scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements, and immersive opportunities at Boeing, we hope to inspire and enable HBCU students to pursue careers in the aerospace industry.” 

“The support from Boeing is more than a gift,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president and CEO. “It is the manifestation of a long-term strategic partnership that will change the trajectory of so many innovative, intelligent and deserving HBCU students at Tuskegee University.” 

Boeing identified eight HBCUs that are home to top programs in engineering, business and information technology. The investment will fund scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements and immersive “boot camp” programs that will introduce students to Boeing’s culture and career paths.

The eight HBCUs in addition to Tuskegee University are Alabama A&M University (Huntsville, Alabama); Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta); Howard University (Washington, D.C.); Morgan State University (Baltimore); Morehouse College (Atlanta); North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro); and Spelman College (Atlanta). Today’s announcement builds on Boeing’s ongoing investment in HBCUs that includes South Carolina State University, Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Florida A&M University and Tennessee State University.

This partnership will also give other HBCU students and TMCF-member schools the opportunity to participate through special immersion opportunities held at Boeing facilities to learn about the Boeing culture and career paths. 

To date, TMCF has awarded more than $300 million in assistance to HBCUs. In addition to scholarships, TMCF provides programmatic, capacity building, public policy and advocacy support for its 47 member-schools and the nearly 300,000 students that attend them.


Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the black college community. TMCF-member schools include publicly supported historically black colleges and universities and predominantly black institutions, which enroll nearly 80 percent of all students attending black colleges and universities. Through scholarships, capacity-building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the PK-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization.

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