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UNCF Boston

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Why not invest your time or money in better futures for young people in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and around the country?

UNCF Boston is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around. Located in the South End, UNCF Boston is charged with raising funds to support UNCF’s mission of getting highly motivated deserving students to and through college at UNCF-member institutions and more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country.

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Each year, UNCF receives over 2,170 applications from New England area students needing financial assistance. More than 1,660 New England students are supported by all of UNCF scholarship programs.



Boston Red Sox Hosted UNCF 75th Anniversary Homecoming Reception

Held at Fenway Park, the event raised funds for HBCUs and local students; alumni from local HBCU networks gathered for homecoming reception

As it marks a major milestone, UNCF celebrated its work on Sept. 11 at the New England “A Mind Is…” Homecoming Reception at the Vineyard Vines Club in Fenway Park with UNCF-member HBCU Morehouse College alumnus and guest speaker, George “Chip” Greenidge.

UNCF developed a group of local HBCU alumni, who through their determination to champion a quality education for all, are making efforts to unite others in the Boston area. The event highlighted the vital work that UNCF does to help support HBCUs and the deserving scholars who attend these institutions.

The event was made possible through the support from community partners with contributions from the Boston Red Sox and many others.

During the past 75 years, UNCF has helped nearly half a million students earn college degrees. As the largest and most effective minority education organization in the United States, UNCF also actively supports 37 private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and advocates for minority higher education.

Boston Homecoming Reception, Sept. 11, 2019

Diego Aviles speaking with Sam Horn and committee members outdoors

Diego Aviles (second from right) with retired Boston Red Sox player, Sam Horn (right), and committee members.

Pam Kenn speaking besides commemorative UNCF 75th Anniversary jersey

Pam Kenn, vice president of alumni and player relations for the Boston Red Sox, (right) gifted UNCF with commemorative jersey for our 75th anniversary.



Grup photo of Boston Homecoming committee

Boston Homecoming committee with the guest speaker, George “Chip” Greenidge, Jr. Ed. M., Ph.D. (2020), and retired Boston Red Sox player, Sam Horn.


UNCF Boston Staff


UNCF New England Leadership Council

“I support UNCF because I am inspired by students who work hard to attend and graduate from college.”

Justin Bullion
, 2015-current
Managing Principal, Payden and Rygel

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Keon T. Holmes, CFA
Co-Chair, 2019 -present
Managing Director, Cambridge Associates


  • Kenneth Armstead, Principal, aPlus Management
  • Farrah Belizaire, Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and Founder & Managing Director of Litework Events
  • Anthony Berry, Director of Admissions, Trinity College
  • Corey Bowdre, CEO, The Bowdre Group
  • Erin Cowhig, Chief People Officer, Nimbus Therapeutics
  • Sean Daughtry, Director in Technical Operations, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Michael Dubose, President, Healthcare Market Division, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Lucyus Fevrier, Senior Communications Software Specialist, Tufts Medical Center
  • Jason Goins, Equity Research Analyst, Managing Director, Wellington Management
  • John F. Hering, Regional Director, CVS Health
  • Ingrid Jacobs, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Dr. Terrell Y. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Staff Physician, Boston Medical Center
  • Rick MacDonald, Managing Director & Region Manager, Commercial Banking, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Anthony (Tony) Richards, II; Vice President of Equitable Business Development, Mass Housing
  • Demetriouse Russell, Founder and Managing Partner, Venn Diagram Partners LLC
  • Kenneth L. Turner, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
  • Derrick Young, Jr., Executive Director, The Leadership Brainery
  • Christopher West, Motivational Speaker, CWest Speak
  • Christian Williams, Senior Client Services Associate, BNY Mellon
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In the middle of the semester, when I was told I had an unpaid balance on my account and I knew there was no way for me to pay it off, UNCF saved my education and my future. For that, I am forever grateful to the dedicated and loving UNCF staff in Boston.

Meggie Noel , UNCF Boston scholar and Spelman College student