UNCF Chicago

“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 Illinois, Wisconsin and around the country?

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

UNCF "...A Mind Is..." Gala Chair Tom Ricketts on the importance of supporting UNCF. The Gala is June 17, at the Hyatt Regency. Click here for details and to purchase your tickets!

You can make the difference between a student dropping out of college or graduating because of lack of financial resources. 
Text UNCFCHI to 50555 to give $25, or click here to donate today and build better futures for African American students!

Want to volunteer for a formal event or a noontime luncheon with community leaders? Is a child you know looking for the right college? Can you contribute to keeping student aid available and academic programs strong at UNCF-member colleges or universities?

UNCF Chicago will make the connection. Contact us today to learn how you can help.

Your investment makes a difference in your community


It is truly an honor to work with the members of the UNCF Chicago Leadership Council. They have a passion for ensuring access to higher education for our future change agents.

LaDonna Reed, VP, MCA Sales Integration Manager; Associated Bank

LaDonna Reed, VP, MCA Sales Integration Manager; Associated Bank UNCF Chicago Leadership Council Chair

News and Events

ComED UIC Chance Scholarship Now Open
The ComEd UIC Chance Scholarship is a merit-based program initiative, designed to encourage Illinois residents to pursue a college education. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is the major energy delivery company within the state of Illinois. The selected recipients will receive scholarships up to $16,650 during the 2017-18 year. You must apply by June 30. >> Read More

Chicagoland Students: Scholarships Available!
The Black McDonald's Operators Association of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Scholarship is open to area graduating seniors from schools located in certain zip codes. Students must be intending to be enrolled at a UNCF-member school, an HBCU (historically black college or university), or an accredited four-year institution. Candidates must possess a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. This scholarship will provide five students up to a $5000 scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.  You must apply by June 16, 2017Visit the scholarship page to see eligible zip codes.



Milwaukee Mayor's Masked Ball Raises $200,000
More than 300 business, civic and education leaders from across Wisconsin attended the second annual UNCF Milwaukee Mayor’s Masked Ball at the Milwaukee Art Museum. With great attendance, the event raised $200K, with $51K donated during the paddle raise. The Milwaukee office of UNCF honored three Masked Award recipients for their commitment to advancing higher education: Dr. Howard Fuller, professor of education and director of the Marquette University Institute for the Transformation of Learning; Deborah McGriff, Ph.D., partner, New Schools Venture Fund; and the late Eric Von, acclaimed broadcast journalist and commentator. >>Read More

UNCF Chicago Staff