UNCF (United Negro College Fund)

L.A. Students Awarded More Than a Million Dollars in Scholarships

Fourteen high school seniors were surprised with $2,500 each, on the spot. Jalen Noel was thrilled when his name was called among the winners. “This scholarship will not just help me financially, but will be a step towards my career as an aerospace engineer,” says the graduating senior at King-Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science. “My only source of income is my mother which makes college hard to afford and that is why this scholarship has such a heavy impact on me. I’ll be the first-generation college student in my family,” he adds.

HBCUs Testify Before Congress

Tuesday, April 9, Herman Felton, Ph.D., president and CEO of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, provided testimony before the House panel that decides the funding levels for all federal education programs.  The House Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee received public witness testimony from only 24 individuals to inform their crafting of the upcoming bill to fund the government for fiscal year 2020.  The remarks provided by Dr. Felton focused on the funding and national benefits of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

UNCF Celebrates 75 Years of Investing in Better Futures at National DC Gala

During an historic night—in more ways than one—UNCF (United Negro College Fund) celebrated its 75th anniversary at its national UNCF “A Mind is…” Gala in Washington, DC, March 7. The event helped the storied organization reach new fundraising heights, raising more than it ever has during a single event—$3.4 million—for UNCF’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The event, whose title echoes the group’s iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,”® celebrated the founding of the organization by Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) president Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson with backing from corporate leaders led by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Coca Cola President Robert W. Woodruff.