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UNCF Washington Area Office Presents Virginia Governor's Luncheon

The Honorable Terry McAuliffe to Host Event Focused on Increasing Diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) 

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Ashlei Stevens
UNCF Communications

(WASHINGTON, DC) — The Washington Area Office of UNCF will present the Virginia Governor’s Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the American Tap Room in Arlington, VA, hosted by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The event brings together Virginia business, civic and education leaders who support UNCF’s efforts by raising funds for UNCF and awareness of the need for increased diversity in the STEM fields. UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships to minority students, provides operating support to 37 private member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and awards more than 10,000 scholarships a year to students attending more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. 

“Education is the single most important thing our kids need to build successful lives,” McAuliffe said. “Whether they’re going to invent a product, start a business, or get the job of their dreams, it all starts with the basic skills and confidence that only a good education can provide, and right now we’re not doing enough.”

Since 2003, governors and other elected officials around the nation have supported the UNCF Governor’s Luncheon series to support UNCF’s mission. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) served as host and keynote speaker for the last UNCF Virginia Governor’s Luncheon, which was held in 2007, during his tenure as governor.

The 2015 luncheon is chaired by Warren Thompson, president and chairman of Thompson Hospitality, one of the largest minority-owned food services companies in the country. The host committee includes senior leaders from AH&T Insurance, Dewey Square Group, the office of Senator Mark Warner, National Society of Black Engineers, Reston Limousine and VSG Solutions. 

UNCF is aggressively reaching out to the business community in Northern Virginia to stress the need to increase diversity in certain growth industries—particularly the STEM fields—and including healthcare, financial services, and information technology. According to “Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements through 2020,” a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the number of jobs in STEM fields will increase by 32 percent in Virginia by 2020, and more than 90 percent of those jobs will require post-secondary education.

“Thousands of STEM-related jobs will open up in the near future, and Virginia’s students will have to be readily prepared to fill them,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF President and CEO. “UNCF has a track record of success in providing diversity solutions for companies that are serious about having a more diverse workforce. We are encouraged by Governor McAuliffe’s commitment to our cause, and we hope that more Virginia companies will join us in this fight.” 

The UNCF Virginia Governor’s Lunch is sponsored by Aerojet Rocketdyne, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Thompson Hospitality, AH&T Insurance, Capstone Development, Heritage Fellowship Church, Koch Industries, Inc., and Charles Koch Foundation, National Society of Black Engineers, Northrop Grumman, Reston Limousine, SoBran Incorporated and SunTrust Bank.

“Aerojet Rocketdyne values its role in the support of UNCF in Virginia,” said Glenn Mahone, vice president of communications at Aerojet Rocketdyne. “We realize how important UNCF’s mission is in continuing to advance the investment in education for the future and we remain a proud supporter of UNCF and the important mission of increasing diversity in STEM.” 

The UNCF Washington Area Office provides scholarship assistance to students from the Washington Metropolitan Area and raises funds to support UNCF’s 37 member HBCUs. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Washington Area Office distributed more than $1.3 million in scholarship support to 120 students from the DC-Maryland-Virginia area.

Sponsorship packages, tables and individual tickets for the Virginia Governor’s Luncheon are still available for purchase. For more information, contact Charles Thompson, III, at 202.810.0182 or charles.thompson@uncf.org.



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