UNCF New Orleans

“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 Louisiana, Arkansas and around the country?

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

Thank you for your generosity on Giving Tuesday!

Your donations raised needed funds to support UNCF’s mission to help students get to and through college. UNCF still needs your assistance, as we can only help 1 out of 10 students who apply for scholarships, due to insufficient available funding.

Text UNCFNO 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 New Orleans will make the connection. Contact us today to learn how you can help.

Did You Know?

UNCF New Orleans has three UNCF-member institutions in its service area:


The scholarships from UNCF have meant the world to me. … UNCF saw my potential and supported me when I needed it most. Now I am in my second year in the pharmacy program at Xavier University. Thank you for consistently believing in me.

Nandi Wilkerson

Nandi Wilkerson 2017 PharmD. Candidate, Xavier University

News and Events


Sold-Out New Orleans 2017 Mayor's Masked Ball Raises $1.7 Million

Close to 1,000 business, civic and education leaders joined host Mayor Mitch Landrieu at the fourth annual UNCF New Orleans Mayor’s Masked Ball at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Chaired by Michael Smith, general manager of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans and Joel Vilmenay, general manager of WDSU, the sold-out event raised $1.7 million, including revenue and in-kind support and culminated a year of initiatives designed to provide the resources to get students to and through college. Emceed by native New Orleanians Stan Verrett, anchor, ESPN; and Fox News anchor Arthel Neville, guests partied together for a great cause: education. James Beard Lifetime Award recipient and restaurateur Leah Chase received the Masked Award for her passion for education. Performances included: The Royal Boys Choir, a group of young elementary school students; Grammy Award-winning entertainers, R&B group Kool and the Gang; and PJ Morton, keyboardist for the pop rock band Maroon 5. >> Read More

NOLA Gala in the News

New Orleans Times Picayune (3/30/17): UNCF New Orleans Mayor's Masked Ball raises $1.7 million for deserving students

New Orleans Tribune (3/22/17): UNCF New Orleans Mayor’s Masked Ball Raises $1.7 million

UNCF New Orleans Staff