Tuskegee University, a historically black college or university (HBCU) located in Tuskegee, AL, was the recipient of a generous gift by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) recently. TMCF has awarded Tuskegee $885,000 in Microsoft-funded grant software, the “largest single grant given by the organization in the last four years,” reports say.

[quote_box_center]From The Tuskegee Newsroom: “According to a release from the organization, the TMCF Technology Initiative was created to address long-term technology needs of HBCU campuses and to identify funding sources to support technology upgrades. The grant makes available Microsoft software and licenses across the spectrum of Microsoft products including operating system software, desktop applications, programming, server, site management and instructional software. The university will use the software to enhance campus computing labs with the latest technology to help support student education and research.”[/quote_box_center]

The Newsroom also notes that the multi-hundred thousand dollar grant is the first major gift for historically black university under the leadership of its seventh president, Dr. Brian L. Johnson.

“We, along with our partners at Microsoft, are excited to watch the transformation at Tuskegee.” – Johnny Taylor

President and CEO of the TMCF Johnny Taylor says the Microsoft-funded grant is apart of his “five strategic priorities” regarding Tuskegee’s transition into the 21st century, “We are very pleased that the Thurgood Marshall Fund administered Microsoft award to Tuskegee University is the first of what we hope to be many more as we translate Tuskegee’s historic tradition into a 21st century trajectory,” he said.

Taylor added: “This software grant is key to the implementation of one of my five strategic priorities— Fully Inaugurating 21st Century Higher Education at Tuskegee University: (Through) Innovative Online and Expanded Academic Programming and Instruction, Infrastructure and Technology.”

“We, along with our partners at Microsoft, are excited to watch the transformation at Tuskegee,” Taylor said.

Read more at Tuskegee Newsroom