UNCF St. Louis’ Inaugural Leaders’ Breakfast Succeeds with Longtime Supporter Cedric the Entertainer
UNCF friend and St. Louis native Cedric the Entertainer hosted the inaugural UNCF St. Louis Leaders’ Breakfast August 6 at the Norwood Hills Country Club. Aiming to help break financial barriers, proceeds from the event will provide operational support to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), which help send local students to and through college.
"I'm fortunate to have grown up in St Louis where the way of life, the people, and the work ethic helped form the foundation of who I am and played a large part in my success," commented Cedric. "It's important that I invest in the city that I call my hometown, and more importantly in the youth of St. Louis who are the next generation of leaders and trailblazers. They will work to secure a stronger community and a better world for us all."
The breakfast honored the 2018 recipients of the Howard Family Foundation and the Cedric the Entertainer Foundation scholarships for their dedication to academic success. Other honorees recognized for championing education included Keeper of the Flame awardee Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent, Jennings School District; Organization of the Year, Ameren Missouri; and Youth of the Year Rolando Merriweather II, Missouri S&T scholar and athlete.
Nearly 200 business, civic and community influencers attended the inaugural event. Anthony Slaughter, of KSDK News Channel 5 served as master of ceremonies.
The event was made possible with support from sponsors Monsanto, Ameren Missouri, the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club, Regions Bank, the Jennings School District, Ascension, PepsiCo and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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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. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 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.