United Negro College Fund Programs
UNCF manages approximately 400 programs that provide scholarships, internships, academic support and mentoring to students. Since it began providing scholarships, UNCF has awarded more than $615 million in scholarships to nearly 50,000 undergraduate students.
UNCF programs include:
- Gates Millennium Scholars Program - A 20-year, $1.6 billion collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that provides assistance to 5,000 low-income, high-achieving minority students at 900 colleges and universities each year. Gates Millennium Scholars have six-year graduation rates of 90 percent, significantly higher than the overall national graduation rate and comparable to graduation rates of students from higher-income families.
- Campaign for Emergency Student Aid - A just-in-time scholarship program that enables UNCFmember college students to pay their tuition, text book and dormitory bills so they can graduate and begin their careers.
- Portfolio Project - UNCF in partnership with the YMCA hosts the Portfolio Project in Seattle, Tacoma, Marysville, and Portland, OR. The Portfolio Project is developed to assist 11th and 12th grade minority and low-income students through the college and scholarship application process. The mission of the Portfolio Project is to increase the number of minority and low-income college and scholarship applicants from Washington and Oregon.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
HBCUs enroll only nine percent of all African American undergraduates attending postsecondary institutions, but award almost 16 percent of bachelor’s degrees earned by African American students.
HBCUs represent 10 of the top 11 colleges graduating African American students who go on to earn doctoral degrees in science and engineering. HBCUs awarded 27 percent of African American degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics included 20 percent of African American engineering bachelor’s degrees, 29 percent of African American biological and biomedical sciences bachelor’s degrees and 31 percent of African American mathematics and statistics bachelor’s degrees.
Our Needs - The Parent PLUS Loan Crisis
The recent change in Parent PLUS is affecting HBCUs, with 28,000 HBCU applicants denied last year. Thousands of families have been hit hard as parents have discovered they no longer qualify for Parent PLUS. This drop should be a concern to all of higher education as students the country needs the most find it more difficult to get the education they need and we need them to have.
Stand up for our students, and find out what you can do to help them pay for college.