UNCF Houston

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Regional Events

It was a great day!

Video created by TSU Student Marquis Walker

A Very Special Thanks to Our  Walk Sponsors and Friends: 

ABC 13, ABC alliantgroup, The Boeing Company, CenterPoint Energy, Charles Stewart, City of Houston, Arca Continental Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, Comcast Cable, Enterprise Holdings, ExxonMobil, Frenchy’s, Harris County Precinct 1, HBCU Alumni Association, H-E-B, Houston Leadership Council Members, hulu, Just In Time Photography, Marathon Petroleum Company, Mary Thompson, Methodist Cardiologist, Motiva, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Radio One, Shell USA Inc., Southern Sound & Lighting, Southwest Airlines, Shipley’s Donuts, and Waste Management.

Thank You to Waste Connections

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UNCF South Texas is grateful to be a beneficiary of Waste Connections’ 2022 Annual Golf Classic for Kids event that was held earlier this Spring. The $50,000 gift will provide scholarships for deserving BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) students from the Greater Houston Metropolitan area and support UNCF’s Texas member HBCUs. Thank you for this generous gift! We look forward to continuing our relationship with Waste Connections

Fat Quarter Shop – UNCF Black History Month Campaign

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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

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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.

News and Information

UNCF Houston 2022 – 2023 Leadership Council

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

Benny Agosto, Jr., Partner
Law Office of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols,
Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner

Michael Alvarez
President & CEO Diverse Supplier and Workforce

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

Julie T. Fitzpatrick
SVP, POS Merchant Relationship
Citizens Bank

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
VP – Legal Sustainability
Baker Hughes

Bruce J. Ruzinsky
Jackson Walker LLP

Denise Hall
Advisor, US D&I
Shell Oil Company

Victor Nivens
Vice President, HR


UNCF Houston Staff