*Los Angeles, CA — Hundreds of Los Angeles high school graduating seniors will be given the opportunity to apply for thousands of dollars in scholarships on Friday, November 16 at the Hyatt Regency LAX during the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Empower Me Tour (EMT). EMTis a free, traveling college-and-career-readiness roadshow that provides a platform for high school students to earn on-site scholarships and admission to the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
UNCF is the largest scholarship provider to students of color, awarding $100 million annually in scholarships to more than 10,000 students across the country. Several top celebrities are graduates of HBCUs. Actress Taraji P. Henson is a 1995 alumna of Howard University; Terrence J. graduated from North Carolina A&T University; Rapper, Actor, Activist Common is graduate of FAMU, Samuel Jackson is proud alumus of Morehouse College, Oprah is a proud alumna of Tennessee State University.
“Historically Black Colleges and Universities produce top tier talent who are change agents in Hollywood,” says Kenya Barris, Creator of Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe winning television series, Black-ish and its spinoff Grown-ish. The Clark Atlanta University graduate majored in mass media arts and made headlines this summer for donating $1 million to his alma mater. “Now those of us who’ve achieved success, due to the help of UNCF and HBCUs, must energize and encourage the younger generation to follow their dreams and break barriers,” adds the 44-year-old.
Through partnerships withLos Angeles Public School District, parents, national sponsors Wells Fargo, Target, P&G and FedEx, EMT offers access to information and recruiters from HBCUs, college prep workshops, dynamic presenters, and award-winning educational experts. Students will have an opportunity to apply for college admission, financial aid and scholarships including the EMT Merit Scholarship, presented in partnership with Target on the spot.
The EMT is Friday, November 16 at 8:30a.m. at Hyatt Regency LAX, 6225 West Century Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90045. Media is welcomed to capture the excitement and the stories of triumph. Other cities on the tour include Fort Worth, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI and Atlanta, GA.
About UNCF: 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. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Learn more at www.UNCF.org, or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter, @UNCFand #EmpowerMeTour.
Tenisha Taylor Bell, President & CEO
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