UNCF Orlando

“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 North and Central Florida and around the country?

UNCF Orlando is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around. Our goal is to be able to provide every local student with the funds they need to support their college education and promote awareness of UNCF in the North and Central Florida markets.

UNCF Orlando provides support to local students in many ways, including:

  • Local Community Forums 2021-22 students impacted: Over 300 students
  • Publix Super Markets Charities Scholarship recipients 2021-22: 30 students
  • Local students attending UNCF-member institutions: 235 students

Did you know? There are three UNCF-member institutions in Florida—among the state’s oldest higher education institutions:

Leadership Board Members:


Chair: Jerry Breckenridge, Truist

Ayana Beckford


Adrienne Bell

Regions Bank

Carla Bell Johnson

Orange County Government

Jennifer Bennett

Enterprise Holdings

Ken Bradshaw

LPL Financial Planner; Bradford Wealth Advisors and Insurance, LLC

Paul Drayton

JPMorgan Chase

John Ferguson


Lt. Jean Gabriel

City of Orlando Police Department

Daralene Jones

WFTV / Channel 9

Divinne Joseph-Smith

Divinne Smith, Esq.

Queen Massaline

Orlando Utilities Commission

Reginald McGill

City of Orlando

Ron Nesbitt

McCoy Federal Credit Union

Joyce Odongo

Bank of OZK

Dawn Ofodile

Fifth Third Bank

Dr. Delaine Priest

University of Central Florida

Crystal Priester

University of Central Florida

Tara Rayner

Wells Fargo

Monica Riley

Delta Sigma Theta

Drew Starke

VinFast US

Dorian Williams

Orange County Utilities

Kimberly Woodard

Bethune-Cookman University


Ida Campbell

Women’s Realist

Angela Fullwood

HCPS Retired

Darrick Fullwood

AAA Restoration and Builders

Vivian Garcia

Century 21 Integra

Linda Hague

Wells Fargo

Quiana Hanley

Boutique Realty Florida

Joan Holmes


Gilene Janvier

Suncoast Credit Union

Rodney Jones

US Business Plans Plus

Sidnie Moore

Business Plans Plus

Terry Nealy


D. Shenell Reed

Onyx Magazine

Benissa Smallwood


Lauren Steer

JPMorgan Chase

Samuel Wright



Host a Community/Scholarship Forum at your School or Organization

A Community Scholarship Forum is a free community event designed to assist parents and students in navigating the college application and scholarship processes. These forums provide valuable information on how to successfully apply for college and secure scholarships to fund education. Attendees can expect to hear from special guests and enjoy presentations from partners at financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and more. These sessions offer insights, tips, and resources to help make the journey to college smoother and more successful.

If you are interested in hosting, or attending this event and want more information, please Jazmine.Barnes@uncf.org.

Host a UNCF Day if Worship – UNCF Interfaith and Education Initiative – All Year Round

UNCF and the interfaith community have a long-standing partnership. Churches and other places of worship across the nation have supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in maintaining their commitment to education. In turn, UNCF raises funds nationwide to help students become future ministers and active church members.

Support the UNCF Interfaith and Education Initiative by hosting a day of worship this year! For more information, contact Gwen Hewitt at Gwen.Hewitt@uncf.org.

Why your support is important

I Am Your Dividend: Orlando-Area Student Kalese Justice Tells Her Story
“I am where I am today because of UNCF. UNCF’s support has reassured me that I am not only the product of my past, but the hope of my future.”


A little each payday adds up to a lot of student support. Join the thousands of employees and employers who are using workplace giving to make a difference.

CFC #10672

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.


“A Mind Is…”® Annual Giving Society 

UNCF Orlando Staff