Thurgood Marshall College Fund Launches Apple HBCU Scholars Program to Create Diverse Talent Pipeline


Washington, DC – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) today launched the application process for the inaugural year of the Apple HBCU Scholars Program, the largest and most comprehensive scholarship effort in HBCU history. Thirty successful undergraduate student recipients will be awarded sizable scholarships and receive year-long mentorships by Apple employees to include a paid internship at Apple headquarters next summer. The scholarship program is open to students in their final year of study from all of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBI).

“There are “scholarships” and then there are “scholarship programs,” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “Apple has made an historic investment in a scholarship program that will transform the lives of HBCU star students by not only removing the financial barriers to college attendance, but by providing them additional non-financial program elements like Apple mentors and summer internships. These Apple HBCU Scholars will be the future tech industry leaders.”

The Apple HBCU Scholars Program is the first of several programs under the new Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative. In March, Apple and TMCF announced a partnership to identify, develop and harness talent from the nation’s community of HBCU’s. The over $40 million multi-year commitment from Apple is the largest and most comprehensive corporate investment ever given exclusively for students and faculty of four-year HBCUs. The multi-year commitment includes funding to build a talent database, internships for high achieving students, exposure to Apple’s campus and work environment, and funding of faculty innovation grants focused on developing successful ways to accelerate HBCU students into the tech field. Through TMCF’s entrepreneurial division, select students who have desires to build businesses using technology will have an opportunity to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference and discover new pathways to successful entrepreneurship through developing new ideas and new apps.

“This program is about exposing gifted students from HBCU’s to a career in technology. We’re big believers that innovation will be strongest when talented people from diverse backgrounds are part of the creative process,” said Denise Young Smith, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources. “That’s why we’re so proud to be partnering with TMCF to help us find the next generation of innovators.”

The Scholars Program will provide students with a diverse and valuable set of learning and personal growth opportunities that include: a scholarship up to $25,000 for their senior year of studies; a summer internship at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California; participation in a year-round development program to prepare for post-graduation careers; pairing with an Apple employee mentor during students’ senior year; the opportunity to serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative; the opportunity to attend TMCF’s Annual Leadership Institute in Washington, DC in November 2015; and participation in the Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California during the spring of 2016.

The application process is open now and will close on September 18, 2015. For more information on the Apple HBCU Scholars Program and eligibility requirements visit For information on the TMCF Apple Diversity Initiative, visit and follow @TMCF_HBCU on Twitter.


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Eddie G. Robinson High School Football Classic

TeamUp Sports Consulting presents the Inaugural Edtie G. Robinson High School Football Jamboree Classic.

The jamboree classic event will kick off with a media luncheon presented by Letterman Magazine on Friday, August 21,2015 at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum, 126 Jones Street on the campus of Grambling State University from 11am-1pm. Top talent and coaches from six area high schools (Evangel Christian Academy, Grambling lab, Wossman, Carroll, Richwood, and Delhi) Wll be available for interviews and photographs. For more information contact Trandon Moy

The jamboree classic itself will take place the follOwing Saturday, August 29,2015 at Robinson Stadium. Gates will open t 11am. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be easily purchased from any participating school location of interest. $12 day of game at the ticket box office at the Fred C. Hobdy Assembly Center located on the campus of Grambling State University. Concessions will be provided on the home/visitor side of the stadium and in the stands by Aramark. All major credit cards and cash will be accepted. Complimentary parking will be provided on campus for the attendees of jamboree classic.

All paid fans will receive a classic wristband for all day access to the following:

  • YMCA officiated youth football jamboree from 12pm-2pm
  • Game #1 Grambling Lab Kittens(home) vs. Carroll Bulldogs (visitor) at 3pm
  • Game #2 Richwood Rams (home) vs. Delhi Bears (visitor) at 5pm
  • Game #3 Wossman Wildcats (home) vs. Evangel Christian Academy (visitor) 7pm
  • Louisiana National Guard Kids Fun Zone – Live remote with radio personality BJ Bell from 100.1 The Beat, inflatables bouncers, interactive games, military display, and courtesy product samples from Raising Canes. The Kids Fun Zone is available to ticketed guests from 12pm to 7pm.
  • The Eddie G. Robinson Museum from 11am to 3pm located on Grambling State University campus.
  • 10% off select merchandise and apparel at the Barnes & Noble Grambling Book Store
  • The McCall Dining Hall ($6.25 full buffet dining experience)

Classic game promotions and special features include:

  • Raising Canes “Kickin for Canes” Field Goal Challenge
  • X-treme PH Sports Water “Half Time Skills Challenge” (facilitated by D1 Quarterback Academy & Skill Training)
  • The High School “Battle of the Bands in the stands” & an appearance by the Wor1d Famed Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band.

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Grambling State University to Interview Five Presidential Candidates on June 2-3

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GRAMBLING, La. – The Grambling State University Presidential Search Committee has selected five candidates to interview for Grambling’s next president.

Candidates will sit for public interviews Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3 on Grambling’s campus. The Search Committee will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday to narrow the field of candidates from five to two. Finalists will interview with the University of Louisiana System Board in a public meeting at 11 a.m. The board is expected to announce a decision around noon Thursday.

The semifinalist candidates will also be available for interviews with the media following their public search committee interviews. The search committee interviews will be held in the Betty Smith Nursing Building Auditorium, while the media interviews will be held in the Nursing Building Room 168. Members of the media who are interested in attending these interviews should contact

The interview schedule for the five semifinalist candidates is:

  • Wayne Brumfield (Ph.D. – Louisiana State University), Former Vice President for Student Affairs, the University of Louisiana at Monroe; Search Committee Interview: 8-9:15 a.m. June 2; Media Interview: 9:30 a.m. June 2
  • Gilbert Rochon (Ph.D. – Massachusetts Institute of Technology), President’s Council, University of New Orleans (former President, Tuskegee University); Search Committee Interview: 10:15-11:30 a.m. June 2; Media Interview: 11:45 a.m. June 2
  • Thomas Calhoun (Ph.D. – University of Washington), Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of North Alabama; Search Committee Interview: 3:30-4:45 p.m. June 2; Media Interview: 5 p.m. June 2
  • Willie Larkin (Ph.D. – Ohio State University), Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Morgan State University; Search Committee Interview: 8-9:15 a.m. June 3; Media Interview: 9:30 a.m. June 3
  • Glenda Carter (Ph.D. – University of Michigan), Executive Vice President and Provost and Professor of Education, Wiley College: Search Committee Interview: 10:15-11:30 a.m. June 3; Media Interview: 11:45 a.m. June 3.



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