Tyrese Gibson, international box office star and six-time GRAMMY Award® nominee has recently established an exclusive partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Voltron Travel, LLC, of which he is CEO and President. TMCF provides scholarships and other educational opportunities for thousands of students every
Gibson, currently starring in F9: The Fast Saga says, “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.”
To kick-start the partnership, Gibson 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 exciting opportunity to directly impact HBCU
students’ classroom experience. The “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.
“This exciting partnership with Voltron Travel is another example of the diverse set of global
partners that value and want to make significant investments in the development and success
of minority students through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund,” TMCF Vice President of
Development Betsy Burton-Strunk said. “We applaud Tyrese Gibson and Voltron Travel for their
commitment to the Black College Community.”
TMCF member-schools include America’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs).
In an interview with Urban Girl Magazine Tyrese explained there were two reasons he decided to give scholarships to HBCU students.
“…How often do you see there are fund raisers to keep a prison open? How often do you see there’s a fundraiser to keep a predominantly white school open?… we always get the scraps and pieces that’s left… With Thurgood Marshall I just love who they are, how authentic they are, and what they stand for. .. it became a confirmation on my spirit that this is what I’m supposed to do. We will not be successful with putting black and brown students through school unless y’all go crazy on these interviews and articles and help us to put this intention on the map..”
As the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community, TMCF works to help
identify and nurture HBCU students to become the next generation of global leaders. Gibson recently relaunched Voltron Travel, an online travel platform powered by Priceline® Partner Network. It is currently the first and only Black-owned service of its kind dedicated to providing an exceptional booking experience for people of color.
Kayla Dickin, Strategic Partnerships at Priceline Partner Network shares, “At Priceline, we believe every trip is a big deal. Supplying Voltron Travel with world class hotel, flight and rental car deals allow us to broaden our mission and help millions of travelers be there for the moments that matter.” To learn more about this new partnership and to book travel while making a difference for TMCF, please visit www.VoltronTravel.com.