Partnering with Thurgood Marshall College Fund to support historically black colleges

Partnering with Thurgood Marshall College Fund to support historically black colleges

August 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


>>D’SHAUN
I love numbers. I’ve always had a love for numbers. VOICEOVER
D’Shaun Vance turned his passion into a career with help from the Thurgood Marshall
College Fund.>>D’SHAUN
For me professionally, being involved with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund just may be the best thing that’s ever happened to me.>>JOHNNY:
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is a national organization that represents the country’s
Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It is our goal to take really bright minds
and turn them into a product that corporate America, large employers, will find not only good to bring into their workplaces, but to grow into successful executives. VOICEOVER:
HBCUs make up just 3% of America’s colleges, but their contributions to the African American
workforce are dramatic. HBCUs produce 50% of black lawyers, 50% of black doctors and
50% of black K-12 public school teachers. Still, HBCUs are struggling financially as
enrollments decline.>>JOHNNY:
90% of African American students who enroll in colleges or universities in this country
attend non-HBCUs, which just 70-80 years ago was just the opposite – nearly all black students
had to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We’ve actually not been
growing over the last several decades. And that’s a real challenge for institutions
who historically have really created the black middle class. VOICEOVER:
As a strategic national partner, Wells Fargo is helping by providing funding for scholarships,
mentors for the scholars, financial education and an annual Leadership Institute conference
where many students like D’shaun get their start.>>D’SHAUN:
The Leadership Institute is five days. In those five days you learn about personal branding,
financial literacy, career readiness, networking and you get to pretty much play Match.com
with some of the biggest employers on this earth.>>JOHNNY
About 70-80% of our students leave that leadership institute with a job in hand. VOICEOVER:
D’Shaun was no different. He interviewed with several major employers at the conference,
and chose to launch his career with Wells Fargo.>>D’SHAUN
I love what I do because I get to work with numbers every day as an auditor.
To have landed a job before I even walked across the stage was a blessing. I had friends
on my left and on my right behind me and in front of me figuring out what was their next
move going to be, and I was pretty much smooth sailing. [Silence]