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Drake State and Alabama A&M Host Thurgood Marshall College Fund HBCU SOAR Scholars Program

Drake State Community & Technical College and Alabama A&M University are proud to announce their partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to host the HBCU SOAR Scholars Program, which will empower the next generation of leaders. This one-week residential summer program, taking place from July 7 – 12, 2024, will provide high-achieving current high school juniors with a unique opportunity to explore the rich academic and cultural heritage of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“I am thrilled to welcome our local future leaders to Drake State through the TMCF HBCU SOAR Scholars Program,” said Drake State Community and Technical College President Dr. Patricia Sims. “By immersing themselves in our campus, we believe students will discover the opportunities awaiting them at HBCUs and HBCCs. Together, we will shape futures, break barriers, and cultivate excellence.”

The TMCF HBCU SOAR Scholars Program will be held on Alabama A&M and Drake State campuses. It serves students by providing valuable insights into college admissions, financial aid, scholarship resources, academic majors, and career pathways. The program is free to all participants, ensuring accessibility for students from diverse backgrounds.

“The opportunity for Alabama A&M University to host bright students and serve this platform in a significant way is an honor for our entire campus community,” said Alabama A&M University President Dr. Daniel Wims. “The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s impact in creating pathways to success is no secret in our communities. The HBCU Scholars Program is one example of their profound commitment to supporting students. We look forward to making a lasting impression on participants through the words of our mantra – start here, go anywhere.”

Eligibility for the program is open to current high school juniors (Class of 2025) who must participate in the program during the summer before their senior year. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2024.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application along with academic documents, including an official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores (if taken). Additionally, applicants must provide one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or college advisor and one short essay (250 words max) answering the question: “What is motivating you to pursue education at a collegiate level?”

For more information and to apply, visit

For questions, contact Dr. Nicole Bell, Dean of Students at Drake State at