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UNCF Charlotte

“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 North Carolina and around the country?

UNCF Charlotte is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around.

Save the Date: Inaugural In-Person Charlotte Walk for Education – Symphony Park, Charlotte October 5, 2024


National UNCF Walk For Education Charlotte| Save the Date October 5,2024| Symphony Park|Charlotte| Supporting HBCUs and Students in Need Learn More|| For More Information Contact Tiffany Jones-Boyd at TJONES@UNCF.ORG or call 201.304.2933| Our UNCF Walk For Education will remain focused on supporting our nation's HBCUs and the students they serve

Five UNCF-member institutions are located in the UNCF Charlotte area:

Great scholarship funding opportunity! Apply before the May 17th deadline.

Keith and Serena Cockrell Scholarship| Scholarship Opportunity A renewable scholarship up to $30,000 for four years (7,500 per year)| UNCF 80 anniversary 1944-2024 Honoring Legacy Transforming our Future| Application Opens 3/15/2024| Application deadline 5/17/2024|| For more information, please contact Wayne Wilson II at| Are you a permanent resident of NC who at the time of the initial scholarship application is a high school senior graduating from a public, private or charter high school in Mecklenburg County?| Do you possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale?| Are you planning to attend any U.S located, accredited, four-year college or university in the Fall 2024 semester?| Have you filed your 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?| Do you have unmet need determined by your college or university's financial aid office?

Spotlight | UNCF Charlotte Fundraising Events

10th Annual UNCF Charlotte Mayor’s Masked Ball – March 2024

The 10th anniversary Charlotte Mayor’s Masked Ball presented by Lowe’s had over 60 sponsors and 1,050 guests who came together for the celebration and fundraising to support UNCF’s mission. The event raised a total of $1,110,870, including funds raised during the night from the raffle and paddle raise. Additional revenue was presented for the Gantt-McColl Scholarship and Kieth and Serena Cockrell Scholarship bringing the grand total for the evening to $1,486,120.

Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) was in attendance as well as a host of other elected officials from across the state.

Fantasia Barrino Taylor, Grammy Award® winning singer, songwriter and actress received the Masked Lifetime Achievement Award, Derrick Jones aka DJ D-Nice, artist, philanthropist, and DJ, received the Masked Hero Award, Fred Whitfield, immediate past president and vice chairman of the Charlotte Hornets, received the Masked Award and David & Nicole Tepper, owners of the Carolina Panthers and Charotte FC, received the Masked Award.

Click here for scenes from the 10th Anniversary UNCF Charlotte Mayor’s Masked Ball.


21st Annual UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon, Presented by Wells Fargo – September 2023


9th Annual UNCF Charlotte Mayor’s Masked Ball, Presented by Bank of America & Lowe’s – March 2023


20th Anniversary UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon, Presented by Wells Fargo – September 2022


17th Annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon Raises Record-Breaking $2.3 Million – September 2019


Celebrating 75 years of service to the nation, more than 1,000 guests adorned with fascinators and hats attended UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) sold-out 17th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon Sept. 28 in Charlotte, raising a record-breaking $2,300,000 in support of education. Global media leader, producer, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey headlined the signature fundraising event presented by Wells Fargo and bestowed an unrivaled moment by matching live fundraising efforts to donate $1,149,000 million. >>Read More

Scenes from the 2019 UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon

Also, view Stacee Michelle interview with Oprah Winfrey at 2019 Charlotte UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon

“A Mind Is…”® Annual Giving Society 

UNCF Charlotte Staff