UNCF Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the San Antonio Mayor’s Luncheon

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Honorable Ron Nirenberg serves as keynote speaker; Changing the narrative of HBCUs across the nation by helping area students get to and through college

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UNCF (United Negro College Fund) will host the 10th annual San Antonio Mayor’s Luncheon on March 6 at Marriott Riverwalk beginning at 11:30 a.m. More than 200 business, civic and education leaders that support UNCF’s work in getting students to and through college will be in attendance including keynote speaker Mayor Ron Nirenberg, city of San Antonio and Ashlei King, reporter NBC 4. Whataburger will be recognized with with the Excellence in Education award.

“We are elated to have Mayor Nirenberg join us as we increase awareness of UNCF’s mission and raise vitally needed funds for San Antonio’s brightest students, said Jeff Shaw, area development director, UNCF. “Education is the common denominator in connecting generations thus securing better futures for us all.”

Benefiting HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), UNCF aims to change the narrative of HBCUs across the nation by equipping minority students with the resources necessary to transition into college and ultimately the workforce.

With the help of the San Antonio community, $553,535 in scholarships were awarded to area students last year. And now, with the release of UNCF’s new publication, HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, we know graduates from the 9 HBCUs located in Texas contributed $1.3 billion to the total economic impact and over 11,490 jobs in total employment impact to the state.

Events such as the San Antonio Mayor’s luncheon, stress the importance of HBCUs. HBCUs not only provide a college education for 300,000 students every year, but they are a powerful economic engine: locally, through the jobs they create and the expenditures they make in the cities where they are located, and nationally, through the students they educate and prepare for an information-age workforce.

The Excellence in Education will be awarded to Whataburger for empowering and inspiring the country’s next leaders. Gold sponsors, include, H-E-B, Red McCombs Automotive and Valero Energy Foundation.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, which are $100, please call Jeff Shaw at 210.224.1674 or visit: http://www.uncf.org/samayorsluncheon

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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 more than 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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