Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) March 19, 2013
UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization, announced that North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory will serve as Honorary Chair of UNCF’s North Carolina Annual Campaign. Governor McCrory is the fifth consecutive North Carolina governor to serve as honorary chair of UNCF’s North Carolina fundraising drive, continuing a tradition that dates back 28 years. The governor will inaugurate his chairmanship by serving as the keynote speaker for UNCF’s annual Governor’s Luncheon on Wednesday, March 20, at noon on the campus of Saint Augustine’s University, a member of UNCF, in Raleigh.
“Governor McCrory is making a critical contribution to students in North Carolina and around the country,” said UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., “By serving as honorary chair of our 2013-14 North Carolina Annual Campaign, he is investing his time and prestige in making sure that students can go to and through college. And by addressing the annual UNCF Governors Luncheon, he is joining the critical conversation about how we can make sure that North Carolina high school graduates are ready for college coursework and college success.”
UNCF provides financial support to the 57,000 students who attend 38 member historically black colleges and universities including five in North Carolina: Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, Shaw University in Raleigh, Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh and Livingstone College in Salisbury.
“In today’s competitive economy, higher education is a critical need for our workforce. The work of UNCF helps prepare more of our minority youth for the jobs of the future that will bring our state forward, and I am proud to support their efforts,” said Governor McCrory.
Marilyn Baldwin Richards, UNCF’s North Carolina Area Director, said that the UNCF is pleased to partner with Governor McCrory to help empower the institutions, families and students who benefit from the important support provided by UNCF.
For more information on UNCF or the UNCF Governor’s Luncheon, call 704-377-8625 or email ncinfo(at)uncf(dot)org.
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 more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. UNCF supports education through scholarships and other programs, by supporting its 38 member colleges and universities, and by advocating 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 administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. The UNCF logo features the torch of leadership in education and UNCF's widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at http://www.UNCF.org.