UNCF Newark

“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 New Jersey and around the country?

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UNCF NJ Receives Enterprise Holdings Road Forward Grant

Two people holding a novelty sized checkUNCF NJ received a $60,000 donation from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation to support educational equity through Social Justice scholarships for students in its service areas of NJ, NY, Vermont, and Connecticut. Once again, the donation will enable UNCF to provide scholarship opportunities to students attending UNCF member HBCUs or other HBCUs.

This donation is part of Enterprise Holdings Foundation’s inaugural local ROAD Forward grants (Respect, Opportunity, Advancement and Diversity). Established in November 2020, the ROAD Forward commitment will donate $55 million over five years to organizations that advance social and racial equity in the communities where it operates.

In presenting the donation, Marc Edelman, Regional Vice President said, “We are proud to support UNCF  in its commitment to ensure educational equity for underserved students of color. Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion is a company-wide priority for Enterprise, and we’re committed to strengthening our community with the help of outstanding organizations like UNCF.”

Did You Know?

  • 9 out of every 10 applications are denied due to lack of financial resources.
  • A $5,000 scholarship dramatically increases UNCF recipients’ rate of retention and likelihood of graduation.
  • Your donation helps area students achieve their goals.

UNCF Newark 2020-21 Leadership Council

  • Lissa Jean Ferrell, Esq., 2014-current, Chair; LJF Consulting, LLC
  • Regine Clarke-Rodriguez, 2020- current; Vice President, Sr. Philanthropic Officer, BPG NJ Tri-Chair
  • Rev. Kenneth Clayton, 2013-current; Pastor, St. Luke Baptist Church
  • Joyce Dudley, 2010-current; President and Principal, Dudley Hamilton Associates
  • Dr. Avery Ince, 2020-current; US Scientific & Medical Affairs Strategy Lead, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Eric Kahn, Esq., 2019-current; Managing Shareholder, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins
  • Vaughn L. McKoy, JD, MBA., 2010-current; Attorney, Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor
  • Tyretta Meadows, 2015-current; Senior Manager for the Lean Center of Excellence, TD Ameritrade
  • Dele Oladapo, 2020-current; Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Corporate Functions Technology, Prudential Financial, Inc.
  • Tammeisha Smith, 2012-current; President and CEO, Dunbar Center, Inc.
  • Everton Scott, 2020-current; Senior Public Affairs Manager, PSEG.

Click to read about the Leadership Council members

UNCF Newark Staff

We have been afforded the opportunity to ensure that UNCF is positioned to continue its role as a sustaining force in the lives of those who wish to attend college, but do not have the means to do so. It is incumbent upon us to continue to invest in them.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)