UNCF Walks the Walk, Celebrating Its 5K Walk for Education at Tom Bass Park, Houston, TX

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Event will support students locally and statewide, providing them with the tools and support they need to succeed in school and in life.

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By investing in our students now, we are providing them with a path to success that will pay future dividends for them, for their families and communities, and for all of us.

The Houston office of UNCF (the United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, will step out for students at its Walk for Education on Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Houston at Tom Bass Park. The event is a celebration of education that will bring together an estimated 1,500 community supporters to raise vitally needed funds to help students get to and through college.

“In today’s economy, students need a college education more than ever to compete and succeed, and we as a country, need them to have that education,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO, UNCF. “By investing in our students now, we are providing them with a path to success that will pay future dividends for them, for their families and communities, and for all of us.”

This year’s walk is expected to raise $400,000, which will support students in Houston and Texas.

Families, teachers and the community at large are invited to participate in the UNCF Walk for Education. Participants can walk, run, or bike a 5k course through Section I of Tom Bass Park. Members of the community are invited to support UNCF and its students by forming a Walk for Education team or registering as individuals. UNCF is encouraging everyone to register early.

Co-chairs for the Houston UNCF Walk for Education are the honorable Mayor Annise Parker, and Gene Locke, Partner at Andrews Kurth LLP.

“We invite everyone in the Houston community and surrounding areas to come out and walk to support our students,” said Juana Collins, UNCF’s Area Development Director. “By supporting them now, we are giving them the education and preparation they need to have successful, secure financial futures and become the next generation of college-educated professionals, good citizens and effective community leaders.”

UNCF awards 10,000 scholarships a year through 400 scholarships and other programs to students at 900 colleges and universities, including UNCF’s 37 member institutions.

For more information on the Houston UNCF Walk for Education or for sponsorship packages, please contact Jewell Bass at (713) 942-8623, jewell(at)bass(at)uncf(dot)org, or visit http://www.UNCF.org/HoustonWalk.

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 37 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 UNCF.org.

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