UNCF History

UNCF has provided resources and support to enable more than 450,000 students to earn college degrees over the past 74 years.  

UNCF has been lighting the way to making college education available to minority students for more than 70 years. During that time, we’ve raised more than $4.8 billion and helped more than 450,000 students earn college degrees. We’ve also helped strengthen our 37-member colleges and universities, and advocated for both K-12 education and continue to work for a strong federal investment in Pell Grants and other college aid for financially needy students.

We are not the makers of history. We are made by history.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1948 graduate of Morehouse College

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