In 1961, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland became the first white student enrolled at Tougaloo College and its first white graduate. Her alma mater is recognized as one of the 101 remaining higher education institutions established to primarily serve the African American community. These historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played a long history in educating future Black leaders, teachers, doctors, lawyers, authors, scientists and more.
We recognize the important role these hallowed halls of education have played in lifting generations of families out of past oppressions and the role they play today in preserving the identity and strength of the Black community.
In honor of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, our foundation has established the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Scholarship Fund. Our goal is to support first-generation African American college students attending HBCUs with a scholarship of $1,961 in recognition of her first year at Tougaloo College.
The foundation has set aside $25,000 to establish the fund and will issue our first scholarship for the fall 2021 school year with the aim of increasing the number of scholarships as resources permit.