Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 11, 2016
More than -100 people attended the inaugural Howard County UNCF Leaders’ Luncheon Sept. 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Columbia, MD. Business, civic and community leaders, including Honorary Chairman United States Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maurice E. Jenkins, Jr., UNCF executive vice president, Cheryl Smith, UNCF senior vice president of government affairs, and Dr. Calvin Ball, chair of the Howard County - Council, who delivered the keynote address, attended. The event raised over $32,000 to provide resources for deserving students to pursue a college degree.
Vic Carter, WJZ news anchor, served as emcee. A student testimonial was provided by UNCF Gates Millennium Scholar Adebisi Adebowale.
“Growing up not attending college was never an option,” said Adebowale. “Earning a scholarship through the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program and UNCF changed my life by opening doors for me I didn’t know existed. As a community, we have a social responsibility to reach back to help future generation of scholars who deserve a chance to receive a quality education despite socio-economic background.”
UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships to minority students, provides support to 37 private member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and awards more than 10,000 scholarships a year to students attending more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. With the commitment of Howard County UNCF Leaders’ Luncheon sponsors, including BGE, St. John Baptist Church, Columbia Association, Universities Space Research Association, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Howard Community College, Comcast and Corporate Office Properties Trust, UNCF continues to enable thousands to get the quality education they need to be successful and that we need them to have—paying dividends for us all.
To view images of the inaugural Howard County Leaders’ Luncheon, please visit Howard County album
For more information on how to support the local Washington area office of UNCF, visit UNCF.org/dmv.
UNCF (the 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, supports and 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 21 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 1,100 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 or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.