FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2009
AT&T Sponsored Luncheon Will Feature Keynote Speaker Governor Rick Perry
HOUSTON — Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. UNCF, United Negro College Fund, will host its fourth annual AT&T sponsored luncheon at the Hilton Americas Hotel. Gov. Rick Perry will be the keynote speaker for the event. The previous luncheons in Dallas and San Antonio raised $500,000 to assist students seeking an affordable college education. Additional speakers will include UNCF’s National President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax. Net proceeds from this event will benefit students from the greater Houston community and UNCF’s five Texas member institutions: Paul Quinn College (Dallas); Texas College (Tyler); Jarvis Christian College (Hawkins); Wiley College (Marshall) and Huston-Tillotson University (Austin) – as well as other Texas colleges. Additionally, this event will allow UNCF to provide scholarship support to students attending non-UNCF Texas colleges including: University of Texas, Texas A & M, Prairie View, Southern Methodist, South Plains College, Texas Southern and the University of Houston who received a combined total of $245,000 for the 2007 academic year. The non-UNCF colleges that received the most support from UNCF were UT ($75,000), PV ($45,000) and U of H ($38,000).
“During these challenging times, promising students are leaving college and forgoing their dreams because of the recession. A majority of our kids, whose family income is less than $30,000 a year, are finding their college resources shrinking. Financial aid can make the difference between getting that all-important college degree, and ending education right after high schools. The success of this event is important to the thousands of students seeking scholarship support to help make them more marketable,” stated Juana Collins, UNCF’s Executive Director.
Currently, there are 4,500 Texans attending UNCF schools across the nation. For the 2007 academic year, 405 Texas students received scholarship support, totaling $1.7 million, with more than 100 of these students being from the Houston area. Additionally, of the total scholarships distributed in Texas, 30 were for non-African American students. Investing in this event means increasing the number of minority students who attend Texas institutions and strengthening our local economy.
We are pleased to recognize AT&T as the national sponsor for the UNCF Governor Luncheons and KHOU, our media partner. For sponsorship information, or to purchase a table or tickets, call the UNCF Office at 713-942-8623, or visit www.uncf.org
Event Background Governor Jeb Bush in Orlando Florida held the first bipartisan Governor’s Luncheon in 2003. Since its inception, the events have raised over 3 million dollars with an expense ratio of 15%-18%. Governor Perry continues his support of UNCF by hosting his fourth luncheon, which will raise much needed scholarship money for minority students in Texas. Corporations, community organizations, and individuals participate in this prestigious fundraiser. About UNCF UNCF, United Negro College Fund, is the nation’s largest and most effective minority higher education assistance organization. UNCF’s mission is to provide financial support to its 39 member institutions and increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 25 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 300 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship programs, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 65,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. More than 4,500 Texans attend UNCF schools.