UNCF Honors Samuel L. Jackson And Others At Awards Dinner

At a black tie gala at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers March 3, 2005, the United Negro College Fund held its 61st Annual Awards Dinner, where guests gathered to celebrate the contributions of outstanding individuals. During the event, Dinner Chair and newly appointed board member H. Lee Scott, Jr., President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., presented a check for $1.5 million to support UNCF’s 38 colleges and establish a scholarship program for students.

Nearly 1,500 people attended, including the presidents of UNCF’s 38 member colleges and universities, distinguished alumni, corporate sponsors, and leaders in the business, entertainment, philanthropic and education communities.

This year, UNCF presented its highest honor, the Frederick D. Patterson Award to actor Samuel L. Jackson and wife/actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. The President’s Award was given to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and baseball all-time home run record holder and Hall of Fame member, Henry Aaron and wife Billye for their continued support and commitment to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Ruth M. Jackson, dedicated UNCF volunteer and alumna of Virginia Union University.

“It was an honor for UNCF to acknowledge these individuals for their support and commitment to creating educational opportunities for deserving young men and women,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of UNCF. “Through the generous support of our honorees and Wal-Mart, UNCF is able to support over 65,000 students, administer more than 400 programs, and continue its mission of helping students obtain a college education,” he added.

$500,000 of Wal-Mart’s gift will go toward operational costs for the member schools, while $1 million will establish a scholarship fund that will be distributed to the organization’s 38 member colleges. These institutions
will award grants designed to complete a student’s financial aid package. Students from any city or state, pursuing any major will be eligible to receive a grant.

Founded in 1944, The United Negro College Fund is the nation’s oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization. UNCF has raised $2.3 billion to support its 38 member institutions and has helped more than 350,000 students earn undergraduate and graduate degrees. UNCF administers more than 450 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. For more information, visit http://www.uncf.org

Via PR NewsWire

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