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Chicago-Supported HBCUs Punch Above their Weight

The UNCF research report HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight makes a strong case for a powerful proposition: Given their small average size and a history of being under-resourced, the enrollment, degree and economic impacts of HBCUs on African Americans in their respective states are significantly greater than one would expect. >> Read More at UNCF.org/PATW.

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Scenes from the 2019 Walk for Education, Sept. 14

Chicago Defender: Cubs Show Love to HBCUs

At the Chicago Cubs’ HBCU Day event on Sept. 14,, the Cubs organization also presented UNCF Chicago with a check in the amount of $25,000. “The $25,000 was in support of UNCF and our’ A Mind Is’ Gala chaired by Toi Salter. The Cubs CEO Tom Ricketts chaired the Gala in 2017, and the Cubs organization and Julian Green continue to support UNCF and HBCUs,” said Lisa Rollins, UNCF area development director. >> Read More


Essence: UNCF and African Pride Announce $1 Million Student Loan Relief Initiative

Student loan debt has become so pervasive in society that many 2020 Presidential candidates are building their platforms around the issue. A recent study has found that over 83% of black students find themselves borrowing private and federal loans.

With this in mind, African Pride and JFM Curl Peace have teamed up with UNCF to create the Wear Your Crown With Confidence Loan Forgiveness and Scholarship Program. (The initiative was announced during the 2019 UNCF Gala in Chicago.) The initiative seeks to help black students from HBCUs and other 4-year accredited universities relieve the pressure that comes with mounting student loan debt. >> Read More


UNCF Chicago Staff