FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Girmu Habte, UNCF
Tara Nevin, for T-Mobile Huddle Up
T-MOBILE USA PARTNERS WITH UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND TO LAUNCH T-MOBILE HUDDLE UP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
BELLEVUE, Wash. - T-Mobile USA, Inc. and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), today are launching the T-Mobile Huddle Up Scholarship Program to reduce financial barriers and help increase access to higher education for talented, low-income high school seniors from single-parent or non-traditional households in Washington state. T-Mobile USA is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. and employs more than 4,300 team members throughout the state, and more than 34,000 employees in the United States.
Through the T-Mobile Huddle Up Scholarship Program, T-Mobile will provide up to 10 qualifying students with scholarships to attend accredited four-year colleges or universities. Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded annually for up to four years.
This new scholarship program is part of T-Mobile's company-wide community outreach program, T-Mobile Huddle Up, which connects kids, primarily from single-parent, high-need urban communities to positive people, places and programs.
"We are proud to support the educational development and career aspirations of Washington State high school students through the T-Mobile Huddle Up scholarship Program," said Glenn Zaccara, head of corporate responsibility at T-Mobile. "Our partnership with UNCF will offer a wealth of higher education opportunities for students to explore, as they connect with positive academic role models and develop leadership skills for future success."
"UNCF welcomes this new partnership with T-Mobile USA," said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO of UNCF. "The students will get their college degrees thanks to these T-Mobile Huddle Up Scholarships and these students will be the engineers, business leaders and economists of tomorrow. We are grateful to T-Mobile for its leadership and for investing in the future of higher education."
Applicants for the T-Mobile Huddle Up Scholarship Program must meet the following eligibility criteria: 1) High school senior from a single-parent/non traditional household who resides in Washington state
2) Students must enroll full-time at an accredited four-year college or university
3) Students must have a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
4) Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Applicants must complete and submit the T-Mobile Huddle Up Scholarship Program online application at http://www.uncf.org/forstudents/onlinescholarships.asp by December 31, 2007. Candidates must submit the following documents to be considered:
1) Letter of recommendation from a teacher that details the student's talents, interests and aspirations
2) One-page personal statement of career interests
3) Current high school transcript
4) Essay on volunteer experience and what it means to them. Students must demonstrate a commitment to service through dedicated volunteer work in their local community
The application deadline is December 31, 2007. For more information about this scholarship program, please visit http://www.uncf.org/forstudents/Onlinescholarships.asp
ABOUT T-MOBILE USA, INC.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc., is a member of the T-Mobile International group, one of the world's leading companies in mobile communications, and the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the third quarter of 2007, approximately 114 million mobile customers were served by the mobile segment of the Deutsche Telekom group - nearly 28 million by T-Mobile USA - all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the world's most widely used digital wireless standard. T-Mobile's innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect effortlessly to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile highest, in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care. For more information, please visit www.t-mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. Huddle Up is a service mark of T-Mobile USA, Inc.
As the nation's oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization, the United Negro College Fund's mission is to provide financial support to its 39 member institutions, increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college, and serve as a national advocate for HBCUs and minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 25 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship programs, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 65,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Learn more about UNCF at www.uncf.org