UNCF Launches the Hurricane Harvey HBCU Students Relief Fund
Calling on the Community to Help HBCU Students Return to School After the Devastation Wrought by Hurricane Harvey
Help UNCF provide financial support to the thousands of HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) students in Texas and Louisiana impacted by the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Businesses are closed, perhaps for weeks or months, depriving employees of the paychecks they count on to pay family expenses, including their children’s college tuition. As the community comes together to rebuild, our HBCU students will need help with transportation, replenishing books, clothing and other educational necessities.
“We have all seen the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey in an area that is home to thousands of HBCU students,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF. “As the floodwaters recede, we know all too well what we will find, the burden falling hardest on those least able to afford it: homes ruined and families forced into temporary shelters. Now more than ever, UNCF needs the community’s help to fill the gap and ensure that these students, our family, remain in school and not lose sight of their future endeavors. Stand with UNCF and ACT NOW.”
How Can You Help?
- Visit www.UNCF.org/HarveyRelief or text UNCFNA to 50555 to donate
- Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to pledge their commitment.
- Share this message on your social networks to spread the urgency to help our HBCU students: “Restoring the damage done by #HurricaneHarvey will be a long process, but our students need your help right away! Donate now: UNCF.org/HarveyRelief.”
Your donation will aid HBCU students through this natural disaster. Restoring the damage done by Harvey will be a long process, but even the smallest contribution can make a larger impact.
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. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities. Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter @UNCF.