UNCF to Host 2016 Mayor’s Luncheon in Newport News

The Honorable McKinley Price will serve as keynote speaker

Media Contact:
Cynetra McMillian
UNCF Communications

(NEWPORT NEWS, VA) — The third annual UNCF Mayor’s Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, July 26 at the Newport News Marriott at City Center. The event brings together Virginia’s business, civic and education leaders who support UNCF’s efforts in providing quality education for minority students. Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF’s president and CEO, will be in attendance. Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price will deliver the keynote address.

McKinley Price, Mayor, City of Newport News
McKinley Price, Mayor, City of Newport News

“As higher education becomes the standard rather than an option, it is our responsibility to keep college tuition affordable for talented young men and women,” said Price. “Please join me in supporting UNCF’s mission of increasing the number of minority college graduates.”

For over 15 years, more than $17.5 million has been awarded in scholarships to students in Virginia, the home of five historically black colleges and universities: Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Virginia State University, Virginia University of Lynchburg and UNCF-member institution Virginia Union University. Events such as the Mayor’s Luncheon are vitally important in providing the necessary resources for Virginia students to get to and through college.

“College affordability is one of the defining issues of our time, and UNCF remains steadfast in our determination to make higher education obtainable,” Lomax said. “As a graduate of Howard University, Mayor Price is now paying it forward by investing in today’s HBCU students.”

Sponsors of the luncheon include Dominion Resources and Geico. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit UNCF.org/nnmayorsluncheon.


About UNCF
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. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities. Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter @UNCF.