Silvers Tapped for UNCF
Curtis R. Silvers, Jr.
Curtis R. Silvers, Jr., was recently appointed the new Area Development Director for the UNCF Los Angeles Office located in the mid Wilshire area. The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest, oldest and most effective minority higher education assistance organization. The UNCF helps promising students attend college and graduate by providing operating funds for its 39 member colleges, administrating more than 400 scholarships and internship programs as well as serving as a national advocate for the importance of minority education by representing the public policy interests of its students and member colleges. Some of the vital and important programs are the Corporate Scholars, UNCF-Merck Science Initiative and the historic Gates Millennium Scholars and the other various scholarship and fellowship programs.
With the downturn in the economy, combined with a painful history of under funding several non profit organizations and historic black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the UNCF developed The Emergency Student Aid Fund. This campaign is currently active and is an effort to raise funds to help college students to pay off their school bills, complete their courses and prevent them from dropping out of school. Silvers acknowledges that times are tough and may get tougher in the months to come but the fierce and immediate urgency of this campaign can’t be overlooked. Silvers is encouraging everyone to support The Emergency Student Aid Fund as well as all the other positive avenues of educational support that the UNCF provides. “Success depends on a great education. In today’s competitive environment, a sound education is no longer a pathway to success, it’s a pre-requisite for achievement” Silvers said.
Silvers was a 23 year sales and marketing executive before leaving the for profit sector to join the UNCF family. “I felt that I could use my strong skills in organizational management and leadership and sales to help the UNCF grow and develop its mission in the Southern California area but most of all, I wanted to be an integral part along with the UNCF to help educate and develop tomorrow’s future leaders”, Silvers commented. Some of his goals for the local UNCF affiliate will be to grow corporate and individual contributors, expand the Advisory Executive Board, expand and grow the annual UNCF Walk, increase the awareness and visibility and promote more volunteer support and community engagement.
Silvers has been active with other community based organizations throughout the years.. He was the past Board Chairman of The Los Angeles Urban League Pasadena-Foothill Branch, board member of The Los Angeles Urban League. He also works closely with undergraduates and pending collegiate students through his involvement with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. where he is currently the immediate past Western Province Polemarch (Regional President). He led and managed the development of over 20 undergraduate chapters and the 20 plus alumni chapters throughout the western states including Alaska, Hawaii, Korea and Japan.
Silvers is a Philadelphia native and holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from The University of Virginia.
“I truly believe that our students need UNCF and UNCF needs the community at large to ensure our success for the future”, said Silvers.
To find out more about the UNCF, contact the Southern California area office at 213.639.3800 or www.uncf.org