The HBCU Effect: Why We Invest
UNCF was initially founded to provide much needed financial support for struggling HBCUs. Today, we provide 37 historically black colleges and universities with a range of support that enables them to maintain high-quality academic programs while keeping tuitions low. Over the last decade, UNCF has awarded over 54,000 scholarships to the nation’s HBCUs, and distributed over $166 million in scholarships.
Many HBCU students come from very low-income backgrounds, and are often the first in their family to go to college. In the unique environment of an HBCU, they are able to banish self-limiting beliefs and excel in a highly competitive world — HBCUs give their students the audacity to lead.
HBCUs are valuable to all of us, not just their students. Each investment made in, or by, an HBCU and its students has significant “ripple effects” across a much wider area. That means heightened economic activity. More jobs. Stronger growth. Stronger communities. Better futures for all.
Together, UNCF and HBCUs give black students the power to achieve what others told them to never dream of. Join us to provide all students with a chance to succeed: