WASHINGTON, April 6, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), with support from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, today announced the newly formed MetaScholars program. The new program is offered to students at America’s HBCUs and PBIs to ensure they have the tools needed to thrive in the Metaverse and future technologies powered by Web 3.0. The MetaScholars will participate in The Pitch 2022, a challenging entrepreneurship competition taking place May 22-26, 2022 in partnership with TMCF’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) department.
The program is an essential first step in I&E’s initiative to prepare students for the anticipated upcoming “Meta Divide,” an anticipated second digital divide between those who have access to the knowledge, technology, and opportunities to advance within the Metaverse realm, and those who do not. The 12 MetaScholars in the inaugural cohort will complete five weeks of foundational learning and skills acquisition that provide deeper insights into concepts such as cryptonomics & tokenomics, in-world travel, and immersive, spatial collaboration. The program also offers MetaScholars the opportunity to earn badges and awards during their journey, as well as to learn from and network with Meta-Leaders from across the country. The MetaScholars will then switch gears to prepare for the rigors of competition on real-world problems at The Pitch 2022.
With a projected market size of 800 billion US dollars by 2024, the Metaverse is set to become the next new phase in technological development. Ten thousand (10,000) jobs are to be created over a period of five years.
“With the support of the Clark Foundation, TMCF is uniquely positioned to deliver this important expansion of the program to prepare the next generation of tech talent,” said Tamaria Kai Perry, associate vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship at TMCF. “This is an opportunity to take advantage of the spatial computing age and enable our students to take advantage of one of the greatest technological and potential socio-economic shifts in the modern Internet in over two decades.”
“Mr. Clark believed that engineers solve the world’s problems. The Clark Foundation invests in initiatives that improve the student experience and are focused on student success beyond scholarship dollars. Through the MetaScholars program, participants will learn lessons from the Applying the classroom to real-world problems while meeting potential employers,” said Joe Del Guercio, President and CEO of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation.
About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black college community. TMCF member schools include the publicly supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions, which enroll nearly 80% of all students who attend black colleges and universities. Through grants, capacity-building and research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education communities. The organization is also the source for top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.
TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. For more information on TMCF, visit: www.tmcf.org.
About the A James & Alice B Clark Foundation
Expanding access to opportunities that enable individuals and communities to thrive is central to the Clark Foundation’s mission. Since 2016, the Foundation has strived to expand opportunities for individuals, families and communities by focusing its investments in strategic program areas and building trust-based relationships with its grantees. The Clark Foundation strives for lasting change by investing in three strategic areas: educating future generations of engineers, improving the lives of veterans and their families, and providing members of the DC community with the best opportunity to thrive. To learn more, visit https://clarkfoundationdc.org.