UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo Joins MegaFest

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The UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo – a free, traveling college-and career-readiness road show sponsored by UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization – will join Dallas, Texas’ MegaFest, from August 29-31, 2013.

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"In addition to solid academic training, it is essential that students are trained as financially-responsible citizens. Our EMT workshops and hands-on seminars offer opportunities for participants to invest in themselves and their futures."

UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo Joins MegaFest

Inspiring youth to excel in academic, financial and personal responsibility, targeting middle school, high school and college students and parents.

The UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo – a free, traveling college-and career-readiness road show sponsored by UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization – will join Dallas, Texas’ MegaFest, from August 29-31, 2013.

“We are excited to bring UNCF’s Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo to the Dallas area,” stated LaJuana Chenier, UNCF Regional Development Director. “The Tour provides essential tools for our area’s youth and supporting families to succeed in their academic pursuits, and transition into adulthood. In addition to solid academic training, it is essential that students are trained as financially-responsible citizens. Our EMT workshops and hands-on seminars offer opportunities for participants to invest in themselves and their futures. We look forward to a continued partnership with Wells Fargo and local supporting sponsors in bringing our students to and through their collegiate journey, and beyond.”

In 2012, 192 students from the Dallas-Fort Worth area received UNCF scholarships totaling more than $888 thousand.

For the Dallas Tour stop, educators and entrepreneurs will share their personal educational journeys with participating middle school, high school and college students. The Empower Me Tour will also provide students and their parents with a full day of college and career workshops, and engaging panel discussions with special guests.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, the UNCF Empower Me Tour was created in partnership with Wells Fargo to prepare students to go to and through college and inspire them to take control of their future by using education as the foundation for achieving their goals and dreams.

“Wells Fargo is excited to begin our sixth year of teaming with UNCF and to bring the UNCF Empower Me Tour back to Dallas-Fort Worth,” said John Gavin, Wells Fargo’s Regional President for Dallas-Fort Worth. “We know that education is the great equalizer in our country, and it is our passion to ensure that students everywhere have access to higher education. This tour makes the possibility of college real to young people across the nation, by providing them information, tools and resources that help them make informed decisions about their future."

Wells Fargo serves Dallas-Fort Worth with more than 200 offices, 350 ATMs and 5,700 dedicated team members who put the customer at the center of everything they do. In 2012, Wells Fargo contributed more than $2.5 million and 19,000 volunteer hours to support 357 grant recipients. In addition, Wells Fargo in DFW made $434.8 million in home loans to low-to-moderate income families. The company's Community Reinvestment Act rating is Outstanding. The company recently received the Obelisk Aware, the highest corporate honor bestowed by the Business Committee for the Arts, and the annual Spirit of Enterprise award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

The UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo has visited St. Louis and New Orleans along its 2013 Tour, with additional stops planned for the San Francisco Bay area (September 14), Washington DC (October 1), Los Angeles (October 19), Las Vegas (October 20),Detroit (November 16), Atlanta (January 25, 2014) and Charlotte (March 1, 2014).

In addition to Presenting Sponsor, Wells Fargo, Supporting Sponsors of the UNCF Empower Me Tour include: US Marine Corps, US Army, Procter & Gamble, FedEx and the General Motors Foundation. Education Partners: Education Is Freedom, US Department of Education Federal Student Aid, Gates Millennium Scholars Program, City Year, Inc. and Teach For America.

For more information on the tour and to register for FREE, 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 administers 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

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blog.wellsfargo.com.

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Joi Ridley
UNCF Communications Manager
202-810-0225
Joi(dot)Ridley(at)uncf(dot)org

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