UNCF Empower Me Tour Lands in New Orleans Feb. 19 & 20

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The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Empower Me Tour (EMT) ─ a free, traveling college-and career- readiness road show ─ will stop in New Orleans Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, offering students the chance for on-site scholarship offers, advice, and college admissions from select historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and on-site internship and job offers with select companies.

The UNCF Empower Me Tour (EMT) ─ a free, traveling college-and career- readiness road show ─ will stop in New Orleans Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, offering students the chance for on-site scholarship offers, advice, and college admissions from select historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and on-site internship and job offers with select companies. UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization, is bringing the EMT to thousands of high school and college students across five cities during the 2015-16 academic year, thanks to the support of national sponsors including Darden Foundation, FedEx, Procter & Gamble, the U.S. Marine Corps and Wells Fargo.

"The UNCF Empower Me Tour makes the possibility of college real to many young people across the nation by equipping students and parents with information, tools and resources to help them make informed decisions," said Gigi Dixon, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Wells Fargo. "Wells Fargo is excited to team up with UNCF once again to provide students with interview training and job opportunities upon graduation."

The UNCF EMT was created 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. The Tour provides students and parents with a full day of college and career workshops and engaging panel discussions with special guests.

For the New Orleans Tour stop, activities will be spread out across two days targeting college students on Friday, Feb. 19 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, and high school students on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Dillard University, which is among 37 UNCF-supported HBCUs.

"What better way to highlight the important role of HBCUs and college readiness than to do so on one of our campuses in The Big Easy,” said Paulette Jackson, UNCF Vice President of Development. "Our motto is ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in,®’ and UNCF is grateful to all the companies, colleges, sponsors and supporters who have invested their time and treasure in making this Empower Me Tour a success for New Orleans’ students.”

For college students, Career Readiness Day Activities will coincide with UNCF’s National Alumni and National Pre-Alumni Council Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. with sessions, workshops and a career zone lasting until 5:00 p.m. College students will receive expert tips on résumé writing and how to interview for jobs. They’ll will also have the opportunity to interview on-site with select companies for internships or first-year job placements.

For College Readiness Day, educators, entrepreneurs, and business executives will share their personal educational journeys with participating high school students and their parents from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at Dillard University, which will be open to participants for a campus tour. The day will include presentations for various age groups. For instance, eighth- through tenth-grade students can find out how to maximize their high school experience in a workshop hosted by Darden Foundation, while juniors and seniors can learn about scholarships from UNCF, and parents can engage in a “Paying for College” workshop presented by Wells Fargo. Young men and women will receive guidance during breakout sessions per gender to discuss self-image, self-esteem and self-empowerment. Several HBCUs will be on site to talk with students, and some will offer on-site admissions and scholarship awards. Participating HBCUs, which are all among 37 member-institutions that receive support from UNCF, include: Bethune-Cookman University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Florida Memorial University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Talladega College, Tuskegee University, Virginia Union University, Wiley College, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

For more information on the Empower Me Tour and to register for FREE, visit http://www.EmpowerMeTour.org.

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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 nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and 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 1,100 colleges and universities. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in." Learn more at http://www.uncf.org.

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