Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Northwest Indiana Leadership Council of UNCF raise $50,400 for Scholarships

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Cynetra McMillian
UNCF Communications

(GARY, IN) — A record $50,400 was raised for scholarships at the recent UNCF Northwest Indiana Leadership Council’s third annual Gary Mayor’s Breakfast. More than 480 guests attended the Feb. 10 breakfast, which was hosted by Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson at the Genesis Convention Center. 

The amount raised exceeded last year’s total by $7,700. Formed in 2007, UNCF’s Northwest Indiana Leadership Council has awarded more than 60 scholarships and raised more than $400,000 in support of Northwest Indiana students. With support from sponsors, including the Gary mayor’s office, NIPSCO, and Faegre Baker Daniels, along with attendees, Indiana students will receive the resources to help get to and through college. 

“Students from Gary are the students who should most consider attending HBCUs [historically black colleges and universities],” said Fred Mitchell, UNCF vice president of northern division. “They are the perfect students for us.” 

“I understand how important an education is to people throughout Northwest Indiana, and what doors are open to us often are through UNCF,” Freeman-Wilson said. “We need to prepare the next generation to take over for us.” 

Hundreds of business, civic and education leaders came together for the fundraising event. The Rev. R.E. Robinson, senior pastor of St. John Baptist Church, was the keynote speaker. Entertainment was provided by the Wirt-Emerson choir. 

For more information on how you can support the work of UNCF, please contact the Indianapolis UNCF office at 317.283.3920. 



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 or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.