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Thurgood Marshall College Fund

SOAR HBCU Scholarship Program

Contact Information

Brittany S. Bryant

Outreach Advisor
Trenholm State Community College 334.420.4433 (office)

Patina Moss

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
Alabama State University
334.604.8384 (office)

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The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) HBCU Scholars Program is a one-week residential summer program for high-achieving current high school juniors (rising seniors). This program will be held on the campuses of Alabama State University (host) and Trenholm State Community College. The program aims to serve students by providing a unique opportunity to learn about HBCU and HBCC institutions, college admissions, financial aid, and scholarship resources. The program also allows students to explore academic majors and career pathways. This program is free to all participants.

Eligibility: Current high school juniors (Class of 2025). Eligible students must participate in the program during the summer before their senior year. Program Dates: June 23 – 28, 2024 How to Apply:
  • Completed Application
  • Academic Documents:
    • Official high school transcript
    • ACT/SAT scores (if taken)
  • One Letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or college advisor
  • One short essay (500 words max) on the following question:
    • What is motivating you to pursue education at a collegiate level?
All application documents (transcripts and letters of recommendation) should be submitted by email to The deadline to apply is April 15, 2024. Click Here to Apply!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who may apply?

The TMCF HBCU Scholars Program is open to students during the summer of their junior year in high school (class of 2025).  

What are the program dates?

The program dates are June 23 – June 28, 2024. 

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is FREE to all participants.  The program will cover most expenses associated with the program, including housing, meals, materials, supplies, and activities.  Travel expenses are not covered by the program. 

Where will students reside while in the program?

During the week-long program, 100 participants will reside on the campus of Alabama State University.    

What activities will students be involved in during the program?

During the week-long program, 100 participants will reside in one of the residence halls.  Students will participate in seminars, develop team presentations, network with business professionals and HBCU alumni, interact with college students, and participate in workshops on college admissions, financial aid, scholarships, HBCUs, and more.

Is this program only for students interested in attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)?

No, the program is open to all students interested in various types of colleges and universities, including HBCUs, community colleges, trade schools, etc. 

Can students participate virtually?

Students are unable to participate virtually since it is a residential program.

Who will supervise the students?

All participants will be supervised by qualified and trained staff from multiple disciplines and at various levels of the university. Additionally, professional staff members will also live in the residence hall.

What are the requirements to apply?

Students are encouraged to have a minimum 3.0 GPA, complete an application, provide and show involvement in school and the community, and provide two recommendation letters. ACT/SAT test results are not required to participate in the program. 

How can students apply?
Students may complete the online application for consideration for the program at SOAR Application .  Recommendation letters and transcripts may be emailed to .
What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is April 15, 2024.  All supporting documents must be received by April 30, 2024.   

Where can I get more information?

Anyone interested in learning more about the TMCF HBCU Scholars Program at ASU should contact Brittany Bryant, Outreach Advisor, at 334.420.4433 or email