UNCF Builds Stronger Communities Through Education at the Howard County Leaders’ Luncheon

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U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings serves as honorary chair and keynote speaker of event focused on education; Lisa Salters, Monday Night Football, sideline reporter, serves as mistress of ceremonies

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WASHINGTON (Oct. 5, 2017)—UNCF Builds Stronger Communities Through Education at the Howard County Leaders’ Luncheon

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings serves as honorary chair and keynote speaker of event focused on education;
Lisa Salters, Monday Night Football, sideline reporter, serves as mistress of ceremonies

Building stronger communities through education is the focus of the second annual UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Howard County Leaders’ Luncheon on October 19th at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Columbia, MD. More than 100 community influencers are scheduled to attend, including event honorary chair and keynote speakers United States Rep. Elijah Cummings and Lisa Salters, Monday Night Football’s side line reporter.

“Education is the bridge that connects generations,” said Charles Thompson III, UNCF area development director. “When we provide the educational resources to our young people, we empower them to build stronger communities, paying dividends for future generations.”

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 its sponsors, UNCF awarded nearly 400 scholarships totaling $3.6 million to students from the Washington-Maryland-Virginia area last academic year. UNCF also distributed more than $5 million last year to thousands of students who attend colleges across Washington, Virginia and Maryland. Current sponsors for the second annual Howard County Leaders’ Luncheon, include BGE, Columbia Associations, Howard County Community College, St John Baptist Church and The Hutt Company.

“As a long-term resident of and business owner in Howard County, I am pleased and honored to support UNCF,” said Hutt. “This community shares my passion for helping deserving students advance in life. Moreover, we recognize the quality of life for the next generation will largely depend on the educational opportunities we afford them.”

To purchase tickets, which are $100, or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Coke at 202.810.0333, jennifer.coke(at)uncf(dot)org, or visit http://www.uncf.org/howardcountyluncheon.

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About UNCF
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.

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