Local Students Encouraged to Apply for Nearly $1 million in Aide during UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Empower Me Tour
Thousands of Oakland high school seniors will be given the opportunity to apply for nearly a million dollars in scholarships on Thursday, October 19th at the Scottish Rite Center during the upcoming UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Empower Me Tour (EMT). EMTis a free, traveling college-and-career-readiness roadshow in partnership with Target that awards scholarships to our 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. “I received a four-year UNCF scholarship during my time as a student at Spelman College,” says Oakland native Karlesha LeGrier. “Thanks to support from UNCF, I completed my Bachelor’s degree and graduated with honors,” she added.
Established nearly a decade ago by Wells Fargo, EMT encourages students to choose education first. Through partnerships with the Oakland Public School system (OUSD), parents, and corporations the EMT offers access to HBCU college prep workshops, presenters, college recruiters, and award-winning educational experts. Students will be allowed to apply for college admission, financial aid and scholarships on location. Five students will be selected, on the spot, and awarded the Merit Target Scholarship, valued at $5,000. “Getting students of color toand through college is an attainable goal that UNCF is making a reality through programs such as the Empower Me Tour,” said Paulette Jackson, UNCF’s Vice President of National Development.
The Oakland EMT is scheduled for Thursday, October 19th, at 8:30am at the Scottish Rite Center located at 1547 Lakeside Drive. It is free for all students and parents. Following the Oakland stop, the UNCF EMT will travel to Chicago, IL on Nov. 1-2; Cincinnati, OH on Nov. 15-16; and Dallas, TX on Dec. 4-5. The tour is supported by presenting sponsor Target, founding partner Wells Fargo, FedEx and P&G.