HOUSTON (September 10, 2020) – Like many students across the nation, Texas Southern University students are facing an array of challenges from COVID-19, especially financially. Summer employment opportunities have been disrupted, families have lost employment and sources of income, and the ability to cover basic living expenses has been challenging.  

The 2020 Alumni Back to School Campaign hopes to provide some relief to those students desperately in need. Alumni across the nation are stepping up to the plate to donate to the campaign, which will go a long way in helping with tuition, books and COVID-19 related expenses for students. 

“We must continue to do everything we can to assist our students in their quest for a TSU degree.  We are facing situations and obstacles new to us—our way of living has been challenged. One thing is constant—eager students are returning to school and need help from alumni,” said Melinda Spaulding, Vice President of University Advancement. 

Connie Cochran, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations added: “Our TSU alumni family always step up to the plate to support TSU students determined to continue their education. I am thrilled to see our esteemed alumni once again showing their Tiger Pride.”  

“As a consistent donor it is exciting for me to give back. I give back because I know first-hand my donation is impacting the lives of our TSU students,” Carl Jenkins, TSUNAA Give Back Committee Chairman.  

It’s not too late to give to the Back to School Campaign. Join other alumni who are leaving a lasting legacy by investing in our students. Give your best gift and encourage others who can give. As alumni it is not only our duty, but also our responsibility to give back. Students like Matildah Omenya say those gifts make a world of difference.  “Your generosity to help others has inspired me to help others to give back to the community. I am grateful for the opportunity to achieve my goals,” said Omenya. 

Give NOW at https://bit.ly/2YMEIep


Texas Southern University (TSU) honors our designation as a special-purpose institution for urban programming and research. TSU is a comprehensive university providing higher education access to the nation’s underserved communities. TSU’s academic and research programs address critical urban issues, and prepares its diverse student population to become a force for positive change in a global society. TSU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations – bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees – organized into 10 colleges and schools on a 150-acre campus nestled in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward. The University’s enrollment has a population of more than 9,700 undergraduate and graduate-school academic candidates. Texas Southern has been a distinguished educational pioneer since 1927, and the University has become one of the most diverse and respected institutions in Texas. TSU has positioned itself as a proactive leader in educating underserved students and many who are the first in their family to attend college.