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.

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for UNCF updates, events and scholarship information!

Regional Events

Fat Quarter Shop – UNCF Black History Month Campaign

an image of quilt designs

The design was inspired by inventor and businessman, Garrett Morgan. The quilt represents elements from Morgan’s life and work, including the patented zigzag stitch mechanism for manual sewing machines that he invented. During his lifetime he created a number of inventions and prototypes that we benefit from today.

Every quilt tells a story, and this year’s Stronger Together quilt tells a history. To celebrate Black History Month, we’re sharing two special patterns to fundraise for UNCF!

Fat Quarter Shop is sharing the 2022 Stronger Together Quilt Pattern and Stronger Together Cross Stitch Pattern in support of UNCF (United Negro College Fund). We encourage you to donate $15 (below) to our UNCF campaign for the use of each of these free patterns!

Learn more by visiting: http://give.uncf.org/FatQuarterShop


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.

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.


UNCF Houston 2022 – 2023 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

Michael S. Hoyt
Managing Director


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

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

Deborah G. WilkinsBuford
Sr. EO Consultant

Shell Oil Company

Mark Wawro

Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

Terry Williams
Regional Vice President


UNCF Houston Staff