Announcing Killer Mike as Keynote Speaker at UNCF/Koch Scholars Program Virtual Summit

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UNCF is pleased to announce that activist and Grammy-winning rapper, Killer Mike will serve as keynote speaker for the virtual 2020 UNCF/Koch Scholars Program, to be held this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, 2020.

Initiated in 2014 as a result of a $25 million grant from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation, the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program offers scholarships, mentorship, networking opportunities and academic and professional support to undergraduate African American students.

Killer Mike debuted on the mainstream hip-hop scene in 2001 on the OutKast hit, “The Whole World” and most recently delivered an emotional speech to Atlanta protestors following the uproar from the unjustified murders of Black people at the hands of law enforcement. As keynote for the 2020 UNCF/Koch Scholars Program, Killer Mike will speak live to a group of nearly 300 scholars during a session titled, Hustlenomics: The Neighborhood Was My Greatest Teacher and will answer questions from the audience following the speech.

Other event speakers include:

  • Lynne Richardson, author, entertainment executive and celebrity financial coach
  • Ash Cash, founder & CEO of MindRight Money Management®
  • Gerard Robinson, former Secretary of Education in Virginia and Florida Education Commissioner
  • Rahiel Tesfamariam, founder and publisher of Urban Cusp
  • Michael L. Lomax, UNCF President and CEO

“We are very excited to welcome Killer Mike as our keynote speaker for the 2020 UNCF/Koch Scholars Virtual Summit,” says Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF President and CEO. “I’m sure he will set an invaluable tone to motivate our scholars to reach beyond what they think is impossible, continue to strive for greatness and leave us all with renewed energy to better our communities. I’d also like to thank the Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation for their continued commitment to the higher education attainment and achievements of African American scholars.”


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UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”®  For continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.