UNCF Houston

“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 southern Texas, New Mexico and around the country?

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

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Regional Events

Giving Tuesday Donation graphic featuring Kaylon Beck

Give to Students in Need on Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is November 30, and is arriving during a very tumultuous time, particularly for our HBCUs and our students. The nation’s Black college students were already more vulnerable prior to the pandemic and are still struggling and adjusting to the new normal. HBCU students—who are 80% Black and more likely to come from lower income backgrounds than their primarily White institutional counterparts—and their families are certainly going to experience challenges in ways that other communities would not.

Please give what you can today to support our member schools and college students by visiting UNCF.org/DonateHouston.

2021 houston ami gala inviteHouston: Don’t miss UNCF Houston’s best event–the 2021 UNCF Virtual “A Mind Is” Gala, Saturday, Nov. 20!

Visit UNCF.org/HoustonGala for information and to register.

Houston-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.

Waste Connections logoWaste Connection Gives $50,000 to UNCF Houston Region

Thank you to Waste Connections for your generous gift of $50,000 to support our member schools and scholarships for our students! Your support means so much to us. The check was received on April 21, 2021.


Benny and Nikki Agosto, Jr.Agostos Make Generous Donation to UNCF Houston​

UNCF Houston wishes to extend a special thank you to Benny and Nikki Agosto for their $25,000 donation, received April 20, 2021. The donation will provide financial support to our 37 member colleges, and boost scholarship dollars to students.

“Nikki and I are honored to be part of the UNCF. We believe in giving back and in education. We are definitely blessed,” said Benny Agosto, Jr. “This gift gives us the opportunity to support the students, as well as the efforts of the UNCF.  We encourage others to do the same.”

Agosto is currently a partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner law firm in Houston. He he also served as Houston Bar Association President, 2019-2020; and is the founder and president of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation.

Join The Houston Inter-Alumni Council


Infographic of the upcoming Inter Alumni Council

We are excited to welcome back the Houston Inter-Alumni Council of UNCF and the newly installed President, Necoya Tyson of Shaw University.

Did you attend a UNCF member institution or any other HBCU? Are you interested in supporting minority higher education?
If you answered yes to either, then the Houston Inter-Alumni Council is looking for you.

This group of alumni volunteer their time to advocate and champion on behalf of UNCF, HBCUs and the students they serve. We’re looking for new members to join and continue the charge for better futures.

Contact the UNCF Houston office for more information.

Juana Collins in Houston with Coca Cola checkCoca Cola Southwest Beverages Donates $10,000 to UNCF Houston

UNCF would like to thank long-time supporter Coca Cola Southwest Beverages for their generous gift of the Last Dollar Scholarship, presented to UNCF Houston’s Area Development Director Juana Collins. This donation will provide last-dollar support to local juniors and seniors who need help getting through college. The check was received on Feb. 3, 2021.




UNCF Houston Had a Dream Night with ‘Dreamgirls” Drive-in Event

Outdoor movie screen with logos Dreamgirls poster projectedThe Houston office hosted a social distancing old fashion Drive-In Movie Night, Saturday, November 21, as an alternative to its annual “A Mind Is…” Gala. More than 65 cars were in attendance (approximately 150 people). Feedback from the attendees included “awesome event”, excellent idea”, “wonderful view”, and “best date night in a longtime”. Everyone was required to stay in their cars and keep their distance. “Dreamgirls” was the featured movie. Lorretta Devine, who played “Lorrell” on the Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” made a virtual appearance. H-E-B was the presenting sponsor, who provided every car with a goodie bag that included popcorn, family bags of M&M’s, trail mix and more. To-date the event has raised $210,000 and still counting.

UNCF Houston 2021 – 2022 Leadership Council

Julie T. Fitzpatrick (Chair)
Senior Vice President
Citizens Bank

Valentine A. Emesih, P.E. (Vice Chair)
Vice President
CenterPoint Energy
Operational Technology & Markets

Benny Agosto, Jr.
Law Offices
Abraham, Watkins, Nichols,
Sorrels, Agosto & Friend

Michael Alvarez
President & CEO
Diverse Supplier and Workforce Solutions

Byron Keith Ellis, M.D.
Houston Methodist Cardiology Associates

Michael S. Hoyt
Managing Director

Bryce Hairston Kennard
External Affairs Manager
Comcast Cable

Francis Page, Jr.
Minority Print Media, LLC

Nichelle Poindexter
Vice President, Membership
Greater Houston Partnership

James Prince
Managing Counsel – Governance & Policy

Bruce J. Ruzinsky
Jackson Walker LLP

Mark Wawro
Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

Deborah G. Wilkins – Buford Sr.
EO Consultant
Shell Oil Company

Terry Williams
Regional Vice President

UNCF Houston Staff