Turn 2 Foundation Donates $100,000 to UNCF in Honor of its 75th Anniversary

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Cynetra McMillian UNCF Communications 202.854.0007 cynetra.mcmillian@uncf.org

Sydni Falconer UNCF New York 212.820.0149 sydni.falconer@uncf.org

Turn 2 Foundation/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship Fund continues efforts to support HBCUs and deserving students

NEW YORK—During the past 75 years, UNCF has helped nearly half a million students earn college degrees. UNCF is the largest and most effective minority education organization in the United States, actively supporting 37 private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and advocating for minority higher education. As it marks such a major milestone, UNCF is celebrating its work at the Hamptons Summer Benefit on August 3 in East Hampton, NY, presented by UNCF New York. To memorialize the moment, the Turn 2 Foundation, founded by Miami Marlins CEO and part-owner Derek Jeter, is donating $100,000 to ensure there is more access to a game changing college education. A portion of the gift will fund scholarships for eligible high school graduates attending HBCUs. Leading the charge for the major donation is UNCF-member institution Spelman College alumna Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation and vice president of strategy and development at Jeter Ventures.

“Empowering young people to work hard, excel in their academics and pursue a higher education is a critical component of our Foundation’s mission,” said Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation. “The UNCF/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship has enabled us to support so many students by ensuring they have access to a college education, and we’re proud to build upon a legacy that provides young people with the tools and resources to achieve their greatest potential.”

The Turn 2 Foundation began its partnership with UNCF in 2008 to establish the UNCF/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship, which awards a scholarship each year to a graduate of Turn 2’s Jeter’s Leaders program to attend a HBCU. In 2016, Turn 2 announced it permanently endowed the scholarship, creating a vehicle that will impact and fund students in perpetuity.

Nearly $100,000 has already been awarded to students attending HBCUs such as UNCF-member institutions Morehouse and Spelman colleges, and other HBCUs like Howard and Alabama State universities.

“We are delighted to present Sharlee Jeter with the UNCF Keeper of the Flame award. Sharlee is an exemplary role model for the students we serve. We’re proud to have the Turn 2 Foundation as a valued partner in our important work to advance opportunities for young people of color” said Diego Aviles, vice president, development northeast region.

For more information on the Aug. 3 fundraiser in East Hampton, please call the local New York UNCF office at 212.820.0153 or email diego.aviles@uncf.org. Also, visit UNCF.org/NewYork for continuous updates and news.


About UNCF
UNCF (the 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, supports and 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 17 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 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.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF New York on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNCFNY.

About the Turn 2 Foundation
Since its launch in December 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has created and supported programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Through various specialized programs and events, the Foundation works with youth in New York City, West Michigan and Tampa, empowering them to reach their full potential. Its signature Jeter’s Leaders initiative is a four-year leadership development program that fosters academic achievement, positive behavior and social change among high school students. During its 23-year history, Turn 2 has given back more than $30 million, funding its signature programs as well as organizations that support its mission.