Tampa, FL- September 26, 2014 – The Tampa Bay Area Leadership Council of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, invites community supporters to form teams for the third annual Walk for Education on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Tampa’s Al Lopez Park. This family-friendly 5k walk attracts more than 300 people and features fitness lessons, a health fair with free wellness screenings, and an awards ceremony. Proceeds will benefit UNCF scholarship programs that help fund students’ tuition through graduation.
“UNCF has a proven track record of providing scholarships to students from low-to-moderate income families; many of these students are the first in their family to go to college,” says Nikki Foster, the chair for this year’s Walk for Education. “The funds we raise will help to fortify a student’s ability to not only pay for tuition, but have the financial assistance to get them through to the end.”
In the Bay area, more than 70 students are receiving a total of $157,561 in UNCF scholarships. Community support through the Walk is critical to keeping these students in school and continuing a pipeline of educated citizens who may not otherwise get the chance to matriculate through college.
“Higher education is becoming more costly, yet more important to one’s potential for success. Our goal is to raise funds so our best and brightest can pursue their desired educational path,” says Felicia Harvey, the chair of the Tampa Bay Area UNCF Leadership Council. “A community’s economic fortunes are directly tied to an educated workforce. Through our Walk for Education and other fundraising initiatives, we are asking our community to rally together to raise much needed funds for these talented students.”
To form a team or register as an individual, please visit the website at: http://give.uncf.org/tampabaywalk. Corporate teams, civic groups, church groups, non-profit organizations, and anyone who has an interest in improving the lives of students through education should sign up. On-site registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and the Walk begins at 8:00 a.m. The registration entry fee required before the day of the event is $20 for adults 19 and older and $10 for individuals between the ages of 12 and 18. Registration is free for children 11 and younger.
Sponsorship packages are available now for corporations and organizations. Sponsorships are still open. Additionally, volunteers are needed to help with set-up and operations, including maintaining Walk stations and clean-up. For more information on our Walk for Education or for sponsorship packages, please contact Sherry Paramore, Area Development Director, (407) 896.6940, ext. 6944 or visit http://give.uncf.org/tampabaywalk.
UNCF—the 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 39 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 18 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF 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 over 900 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 www.UNCF.org