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"A mind is a terrible thing to waste."®

For more than seven decades, this principle has remained at the heart of UNCF, enabling us to raise more than $4.7 billion and help more than 445,000 students not just attend college, but thrive, graduate and become leaders.

We do this in three ways: By awarding more than 10,000 students scholarships, worth more than $100 million, each year. By providing financial support to 37 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). And by serving as the nation's leading advocate for the importance of minority education and community engagement.

This three-pronged approach is powerful: Since our founding in 1944, we've helped to more than double the number of minorities attending college. The six-year graduation rate for UNCF African American scholarship recipients is 70 percent. This is 11 percentage points higher than the national average and 31 percentage points higher than the national average for all African Americans.

Oakwood University is a proud member institution of the UNCF and thankful to the individuals and corporations that invest in the mission of the UNCF and our students across Alabama and the country. It is with a grateful heart and our pleasure that we coordinate the North Alabama Campaign each year to raise funds and bring more awareness to the community about the impactful work of the UNCF, HBCUs, and our phenomenal graduates and student servant leaders.

The UNCF North Alabama Campaign theme is "Building Bridges to Opportunity." We invite you to join us as a "Bridge Builder" by becoming a sponsor or donating to the UNCF North Alabama Campaign. You may also participate by attending one of Huntsville's signature events, the Annual UNCF Gala.

All proceeds from the campaign support the 37 UNCF member colleges and universities, including the five institutions located in the state of Alabama—Miles College, Oakwood University, Stillman College, Talladega College, and Tuskegee University—and the thousands of students they serve.

Please Save the Dates of the 2017-2018 North Alabama Campaign events.

UNCF North Alabama Campaign Kick-off - Tuesday, September 26, 2017 │5:30 PM | Bradford Cleveland Brooks Leadership Center, Oakwood University
UNCF Golf Classic – Monday, October 30, 2017 │ Hampton Cove RTJ Golf Trail
UNCF Women's Leadership Tea – Sunday, November 12, 2017 │ The Ledges of Huntsville, Ball Room
The 40th Annual UNCF Gala – Thursday, March 29, 2018│ Von Braun Center | $75pp | $150 per couple | Click to Purchase Tickets

For more information or to volunteer, please contact:

Cheri Wilson
Executive Director of Advancement and Development
Office of Advancement and Development
Oakwood University
7000 Adventist Blvd. NW | Huntsville AL | 35896
Office: 256.726.7201
Fax: 256.726.7337
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"A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in." UNCF


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