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Tyrese is providing scholarships to HBCU colleges. Here’s how he’s impacting students’ classroom experience

Singer and actor Tyrese Gibson announced an exclusive partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Voltron Travel, of which he is CEO and President, to help HBCU college students across the country. TMCF provides scholarships and other educational opportunities for thousands of students every year. 

“Partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund is a true privilege. Voltron Travel is fully committed to empowering black excellence by investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders," Tyrese said. 

Tyrese, who is currently starring in "F9: The Fast Saga," recently relaunched Voltron Travel, an online travel platform. It is currently the first and only Black-owned service of its kind dedicated to providing an exceptional booking experience for people of color.

To kick-start the partnership, Tyrese has initially pledged $100,000 of Voltron Travel’s profits based on a percentage of net sales. In addition, the collaboration will launch with an opportunity to directly impact HBCU students’ classroom experience. A “Back-to-School Success Kit" will provide select students from across the Black college community an opportunity to receive a “success” package including school supplies and gear and travel vouchers.

I recently had the opportunity to join Tyrese and the TMCF staff to learn more about the partnership in a virtual press conference where I mentioned the recent increase in the amount of support in Black businesses since the social unrest of George Floyd. I asked Tyrese how can we as a culture keep this rise in support going so people continuously donate to HBCU's. I also asked how can someone support even if they may not have the large funds to match. 

"I would encourage everybody to do something," he said. "Do something that represents their passion."

In the video clip below, Tyrese discusses how he leads by example and the importance of giving back to your community:

Visit Voltron Travel for more information about Tyrese's partnership with TMCF. 


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