UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo Celebrates the Kick Off of Its Fifth Anniversary at Essence Music Festival by Giving Textbook Funds and Scholarships

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College students can register for a chance to win up to $1,000 in textbook funds.

In its fifth year, the UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo targets minority college, high school and middle school students and their parents.

“We are excited to bring the UNCF Empower Me Tour to communities across the country, giving students the tools and awareness they need to get to and through college,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D. UNCF President and CEO.

The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Empower Me Tour will give away $14,000 in textbook funding, and award scholarships totaling $10,000, at this year’s Essence Music Festival in New Orleans July 6-8. The textbook awards and scholarships are sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s and CNN in honor of the fifth anniversary of the UNCF Empower Me Tour, a traveling interactive college and career expo with workshops and celebrity-led panel discussions designed to motivate young people toward academic, fiscal and personal responsibility.

Event attendees can register for the textbook awards between 9AM-6PM at the UNCF Empower Me Tour exhibit booth throughout the Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. They can also register at http://www.EmpowerMeTour.org during the eligible entry period. The names of textbook award entrants will be drawn and announced on the hour at the UNCF Empower Me Tour’s booth between 2PM-5PM, Friday, July 6 and 10 AM-6 PM Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8. Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Ledisi, actor Lamman Rucker and New York Times best-selling author and BET reality star Antonia “Toya” Wright who are featured on the UNCF Empower Me Tour will be on hand to help UNCF announce the selected book fund award winners. The scholarships will be awarded to students from New Orleans and those attending UNCF member institutions Dillard University and Xavier University.

In its fifth year, the UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo targets minority college, high school and middle school students and their parents. The UNCF Empower Me Tour kicks off the 2012-2013 academic year on October 6th in Washington DC, inspiring and motivating young people to use education as a tool for achieving their goals and dreams.

The tour focuses on five areas: financial education, college readiness, college success, career readiness and leadership. Students will learn how best to prepare to go to and through college and how to chart a successful career path using financial, leadership and self-efficacy tools.

“We are excited to bring the UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented By Wells Fargo to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans and to communities across the country, giving students the tools and awareness they need to get to college and get through college,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., UNCF president and CEO. “We thank our textbook award and scholarship sponsors Anheuser-Busch, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s and CNN for their commitment to education and their support for UNCF’s work helping students get a good education from pre-school through college. Their support is a great way to celebrate the UNCF Empower Me Tour’s fifth anniversary and will help deserving students stay in college and graduate.”

UNCF Empower Me Tour sponsors and strategic partners include Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo; Major Sponsors: McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble and FedEx; Local Sponsors: General Motors Corporation and the University of Minnesota; and Education Partners: Education Is Freedom, Gates Millennium Scholars Program, City Year, Inc. and Teach For America. For more information about the tour, visit http://www.EmpowerMeTour.org.

About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 38 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than 10,000 scholarships under more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at http://www.UNCF.org
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