Thurgood Marshall Honors Scholars

Monday, December 22, 2008


Orangeburg, S.C. - SC State Honors Program Scholars were recently chosen to speak with America’s leading corporate executives, at the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Conference in New York, NY.

Thurgood Marshall focuses on the following guidelines:
1. Comprehensive criteria and nomination forms are distributed to all 47 public HBCU’s
2. In-depth screening is conducted by Deans and Faculty
3. Recommendations are presented to college and university Presidents
4. Highly-qualified TMCF career counselors conduct initial phone interviews
5. TMCF career counselors embark on visits to University’s campuses to conduct face-to-face interviews and refine selections
6. Final 1% are selected and recommended for participation
7. TMCF’s Career counselors diligently match candidates to a defined job specification
8. A candidate resumes to your recruiting team Candidates data is accessible via TMCF HBCU Talent

Sourcing Database for recruiting representatives to sort by requirements.
The conference’s theme was: “Investing in the Power of Knowledge.” The four-day conference provided students with the opportunity to participate in leadership workshops and discussions with leading corporate executives.

SC State students have received more than $60,000 from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in 2008. Thurgood Marshall Representatives came to the University to interview SC State students for conference participation. During the conference, the students were interviewed by major corporations as well as participated in intense leadership summits to prepare them for the global industry.

In 1987, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (formally Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund) was founded under the leadership of Dr. N. Joyce Payne, director of the Office for the Advancement of Public Black Colleges (a division of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges), in cooperation with Miller Brewing Company, Sony Music, NBA, Reebok, and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities.

TMCF member universities are a significant source of higher education for African Americans. More than 80% of all students enrolled in HBCU’s attend TMCF member schools.

“I think SC State should be proud that our students were chosen for such a prestigious conference,” said Dr. Harriet A. Roland, director of the Honors Program. “I believe that they represented SC State very well,” she continued.

For more information about the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, contact Juan Maultsby, program coordinator for the Honors Program at (803)516- 4610.