Hurricane Sandy touched millions of lives last week, including the 500 student/scholars who attended the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 12th Annual Leadership Institute & Recruitment Fair held in New York City. The event was to have culminated in the 25th Anniversary Awards Gala, a black-tie affair featuring a performance by the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop star Wyclef Jean. Although the storm cancelled the closing night event, the fair itself gave the talented future leaders a unique professional development experience.
The student scholars, representing the best and brightest talent from the nation’s public Historically Black College & Universities (HBCUs), attended the four-day Leadership Institute & Recruitment Fair, with exposure to the nation’s top executives for leadership training, career management, life skills, development and recruitment connections. The fair also offers students corporate and government employment and internship opportunities. As an official supporter, this year, Barnes & Noble College extended its support to include the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the non-profit charitable organization that supports nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools through scholarships, leadership training and employment opportunities.
A number of students who were selected to attend the prestigious conference were recently featured on The College Juice, the Barnes & Noble College student-focused blog, highlighting their outstanding academic and personal achievements. The students’ interests and contributions vary from supporting the environment to helping foster children pursue higher education to finding a cure for Sickle Cell disease.
Barnes & Noble College embraces its responsibility to give back to its academic communities. This commitment includes an active involvement in campus programs and working with non-profit and charitable organizations to improve literacy, increase access to education and books, and fighting hunger and poverty.
As part of this year’s sponsorship, Barnes & Noble College also provided all students who attended the conference with a copy of Wyclef Jean’s new book, Purpose: An Immigrant’s Life as well as supplied a number of NOOK Tablets™ as gifts for conference attendees.
For more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: www.thurgoodmarshallcollegefund.org.