Student Profile: Ciara May

An HBCU student gets a helping hand from a UNCF donor, just when she needed it.

Ciara May graduated from the University of Southern California in May, 2018, with a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship. She is now a Venture for America Fellow and works at HBCU Johnson C. Smith University in the Innovation Center as a program coordinator. During Christmas break in her senior year, Ciara found herself back at home in Los Angeles wondering how she could finish her final semester in college. She’d made it to her final year, but simply did not have the funds to continue. “I woke up on the first day of spring classes to an email saying I had been awarded exactly the amount I was short. It brought me to tears. I can’t thank UNCF and MUFG Union Bank enough.” On behalf of UNCF and MUFG Union Bank, congratulations, Ciara May.

UNCF administers over 400 academic scholarship and fellowship programs every year, and yet is able to fund only one out of every ten requests for financial support. Learn how you can help. Contact the UNCF San Francisco Area Office, 415 956 1018 for more information. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”

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