Scholarship deadline, conference approaches

Tomorrow is the deadline for students to win a trip to New York City at the expense of the Thurgood Marshall College fund.

In an effort to provide additional career and networking opportunities for students, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) announced that it will sponsor an all expense-paid trip valued at five thousand dollars for four students to attend its 8th Annual Leadership Institute in New York City from Oct. 24-27.

The TMCF announced a college essay contest for students to attend a leadership institute. The institute is offering students at 47 public historically black colleges and universities an all expense paid trip to attend a conference in New York City.

The TMCF’s corporate and government partners, as well as business executives from Fortune 500 companies all over the nation, like the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA), MillersCoors, United States Department of State, United States Department of Agriculture(USDA), Wal-Mart and many others will attend the conference. Executives at these companies will facilitate workshops, recruit talent and offer guidance to the 600 students from the HBCU’s in attendance.

Julia W. Brunson, coordinator at the Florida A&M University Office of Student Financial aid and Scholarships, said many scholarships come through the TMCF. These scholarships are based on financial needs, and grade point average. Each student must also have a completed FASFA.

Although the opportunity is open to all FAMU students, Brunson said many still don’t know about it.

“Students do not know about it because they are not coming to the career center or the scholarship center to come and check the bulletin boards,” Brunson said.

Ashley Kiah, a 19-year-old, second year Business Administration student, from Washington D.C., said she never heard of the organization.

“If I knew about I would have definitely taken advantage of it, and now that I do I will take a look into it, and tell friends.” Kiah said.

John E. Williams, 23, TMCF Student Ambassador for FAMU, and graduate student in history, from Baconton, Ga., encourages students to look at all the opportunities TMCF has to offer.

“Those two (conferences) have been the best I have ever experienced,” Williams said. “The accomplishments were great, 20-25 students from FAMU attended for paid job opportunities.”