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UNCF Washington

“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 the District of Columbia, Maryland, Northern Virginia and around the country?

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

Northern Virginia. Baltimore. Montgomery County. Prince George’s County. The District of Columbia. The UNCF Washington area office is out in those communities making a difference. Each year, generous corporations, foundations, organizations and hundreds of everyday folks from the community help our students recognize their dreams of a college education.

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Did you know?

  • The students UNCF traditionally serves are from low- to moderate-income families and are often the first in their family to attend college.  More than 50 percent of our scholars come from families with incomes under $30,000 per year.
  • Prince George’s County, MD, is the site of the first Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Breakfast hosted by UNCF—a celebration started in 1983, well before the holiday was nationally recognized.
  • Northern Virginia boasts some of our strongest supporters from the faith community, led by Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Washington, DC-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


Related News and Events

UNCF Washington Mayor’s Masked Ball Raises $468,000 for Scholarships
The UNCF Washington Mayor’s Masked Ball, led by Mayor Bowser and UNCF’s Washington area office, was held January 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event raised $468,000 for deserving young scholars in the Washington, DC area. More than 500 business, civic and education leaders and UNCF president and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax attended the signature fundraiser, helping to equip minority students with the resources necessary to transition into college and ultimately the workforce. >> Read More

Scenes from the 2018 Mayor’s Masked Ball