UNCF on HBCU Funding Being Removed from Government’s Continuing Resolution
UNCF vows to continue fight for FUTURE Act
Today, the House of Representatives made available legislation that funds the federal government until Dec. 20, 2019. Also announced today, H.R. 2486, the FUTURE Act—which has passed the House and has overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers—was not included as part of the funding bill.
“After having worked so long for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and their issues to remain bipartisan, we are perplexed to be in the middle of a partisan ‘tug-of-war’ with our number one priority,” says UNCF senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, Lodriguez Murray. “This act is supposed to be mandatory funding to fulfill a national need to increase the number of minorities in STEM professions and that funding is now 50 days past its lapse. We will continue to vigorously fight for it, as our colleges need it and so do the students. We began a campaign calling for all who are in support of HBCUs and we will not stop until funding is granted.”
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 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 on Twitter at @UNCF.