Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Apple Inc. Launch HBCU Scholarship Initiative

Applications are now being accepted for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Apple HBCU Scholars Program, which will provide scholarship, mentorship, and internship opportunities to undergraduate students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Funded by Apple Inc., the Scholars Program is the largest and most comprehensive scholarship effort in HBCU history. The program will provide 30 students with a wide range of opportunities, which include receiving a scholarship of up to $25,000 for their senior year of studies; doing a summer internship at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.; participation in a year-round development program focused on career preparation; and mentoring from an Apple employee, among other opportunities.

“There are ‘scholarships’ and then there are ‘scholarship programs,'” Johnny Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), said in a statement. “Apple has made a historic investment in a scholarship program that will transform the lives of HBCU star students by not only removing the financial barriers to college attendance, but by providing them [with] additional … elements like Apple mentors and summer internships. These Apple HBCU scholars will be the future tech industry leaders.”

The Apple HBCU Scholars Program is the first of several programs being launched as part of the Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative, a partnership meant to identify, develop, and harness talent from the nation’s HBCUs — which includes a more than $40 million commitment from Apple. The Scholars Program will also provide funding for faculty innovation grants focused on developing successful ways to accelerate HBCU students into technology fields.

The program is open to students in their final year of study at any one of the nation’s HBCUs or predominately black institutions (PBIs). The application process closes on September 18, 2015. For more information on the Apple HBCU Scholars Program, visit