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UNCF to Host Seminole Breakfast

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Cynetra McMillian
UNCF Communications


ORLANDO, FL (Feb. 18, 2019)—UNCF (United Negro College Fund) will host its 5th annual Seminole Breakfast at 8 a.m., Wednesday, March 6 at the Noah’s Event Center.  Nearly 200 corporate partners, religious leaders and community influencers, among others, are expected to attend including keynote speaker Dr. Georgia Lorenz, president, Seminole State College.

For 75 years, UNCF has strived to change the HBCU narrative across the nation by equipping more minority students with the resources necessary to transition into college, graduate and ultimately expand and diversify America’s highly educated workforce.

“Now more than ever a college education is more important—and more expensive—than ever, said Michael L. Lomax, president, UNCF. “UNCF annually awards more than 16,000 scholarships, but for every scholarship we award, we must turn away nine applicants for lack of funding.  We owe—the country owes—those nine potential leaders the support they need to go to and through college.  And as we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we commit to fulfilling that obligation.”

Event sponsors include the Seminole State Sheriffs’ Office, Fairwinds Credit Union, Central Florida Educators Credit Union, CenterState Bank, Bank United and Waste Pro.  The breakfast is chaired by Venise White, community manager, Florida State Health Department.

“By supporting education in Seminole County through UNCF, we are enabling our community to grow in a positive direction,” said Seminole County Commission Chairman John Horan.  “A more educated population brings more and better jobs to our area.”

For their steadfast commitment to education and unwavering support, UNCF will honor Dr. Kenneth and Barbara Bentley, both long-time Seminole County educators; and Dr. Laura Bedard, chief, Seminole County Department of Corrections, during the event.

“Whether attending one of our member HBCUs or one of the Florida colleges or universities, our goal is to help as many students as we can get to and through college successfully, said Gwen Hewitt, area development director, UNCF.  “A highly educated workforce is vital to ensuring better futures for our students and all Americans.”

With financial help from the Seminole community, $34,000 was awarded last year in scholarships and programs for UNCF-member and other HBCUs, including UNCF-member institution Florida Memorial College.  UNCF’s landmark publication, HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities illustrates that graduates from Florida’s HBCUs contributed $833 million in total economic impact last year and approximately 7,817 jobs last year to the state.

Entertainment for the morning event will be provided by the Seminole State Jazz Ensemble.  Former news anchor Annetta Wilson will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Gwen Hewitt at 407.896.6940 ext. 6943 or by email at gwen.hewitt@uncf.org.  Unable to attend, but want to make a difference in student’s life?  Text UNCF to 50555.  To stay connected to UNCF throughout the year, please visit UNCF.org/Orlando.  You can also follow this event on social media @UNCF #UNCF #UNCF/NCFL #UNCF75.




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 17 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. For  continuous  updates and news, follow UNCF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNCF.