Tuesday, April 01, 2008
ORANGEBURG — Dwayne Ashley, President and CEO of the New York-based Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) will serve as keynote speaker for the South Carolina State University Honors Program Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet, which will be the culminating program for the inaugural 2008 Honors Week Celebration at the University. Nearly 80 academically gifted and talented student scholars will be inducted into this annual collegiate spring event on Saturday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at The Cinema in Orangeburg.
SC State is one among the 47 member public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) nationwide to receive major scholarship funding from the TMCF on an annual basis. During 2007-08, SC State was awarded $75,000 in merit-based scholarship monies for 34 undergraduate students with minimum grade point averages of 3.0 or better.
The TMCF mission states that its organization is “to be the premier organization in Black Higher Education that develops and prepares a new generation of leaders by providing resources, opportunities and advocacy to Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities, students and alumni”.
Ashley is a 19-year nonprofit and fundraising executive who currently serves as the President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), a comprehensive higher education assistance organization representing 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Under Ashley’s leadership, TMCF has broadened its mission from scholarships to innovative programs such capacity building, leadership development, member university professional institute, school reform, research and HBCU talent sourcing. He is known for his innovative program development skills that are always tied to measurable outcomes. With his direction, the Fund surpassed $68 million in support raised for scholarships, capacity building and programs, 85 percent of the organization’s gross revenues since its founding in 1987.
With a passion for knowledge and positioning the organization to be an expert at its mission, he has spearheaded various studies for TMCF, including the “Economic Impact Snapshot of Public HBCUs” and “Recruiting Talent From HBCUs: A Groundbreaking Analysis of How Corporations and Government Recruit Talent From Historically Black Colleges and Universities”.
He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Wiley College, Texas’ oldest HBCU. He earned his master’s degree in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fel’s School of Government. Ashley is a native of Houston, Texas, and he currently resides in New Jersey.
For more information, contact the SC State Honors Program Office at (803) 533-3710.