Tougaloo College Launches T3 Scholarship Program
June 16, 2008 |
Tougaloo, MS- Tougaloo College has partnered with a group of Mississippi legislators to launch its T3 Scholarship Program. The new fundraising initiative will raise dollars that will be used exclusively for scholarships for deserving young students. More than 90% of the College's students receive some form of financial assistance.
"Tougaloo has a reputation for taking those students who deserve, but cannot afford, a college education and transforming them into successful, productive citizens, who are committed to the betterment of society," says Tougaloo College President Beverly W. Hogan. "They understand that the degree they are earning is not only for their own personal betterment, but they also realize that they have a larger commitment to the society as a whole."
A group of legislators are rallying their friends and supporters to contribute at a level of $3,000 or higher (hence the T3) to support student scholarships at the small, liberal arts college in north Jackson. The historically black college was founded in 1869 by the American Missionary Society (AMA) and has produced more than 40% of the state's African-American attorneys and educators (teachers, principals, school superintendents and administrators).
The 2008 commencement exercise at the College yielded 86 graduates with a 3.0 GPA or higher in a class of 131. Over 65% of Tougaloo College graduates attend graduate or professional schools immediately upon receiving their undergraduate degrees. The College also has longstanding early identification programs with Brown University (Warren Alpert Medical School) and Boston University Medical School, as well as with Tufts University Dental School.
The T3 Scholarship Program's Honorary Committee includes The Honorable Reuben Anderson; Chairman of the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees, LeRoy Walker, Jr.; The Honorable Willie Bailey; The Honorable Fred Banks; The Honorable George Flaggs, Jr.; The Honorable Robert Johnson; The Honorable Willie Perkins; The Honorable Rufus Straughter; and the Honorable Percy Watson.