UNCF to Host Inaugural Howard County Leaders’ Luncheon

Cynetra McMillian
UNCF Communications

Howard County Council Chair Dr. Calvin Ball to host event focused on supporting education; U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen will serve as honorary chair

UNCF Washington area office will host the inaugural Howard County Leader’s Luncheon on Sept. 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Columbia, MD. United States Rep. Chris Van Hollen will serve as honorary chair, and Dr. Calvin Ball, chair of the Howard County Council, will deliver the keynote address. The event will be emceed by WJZ eyewitness news anchor Vic Carter.

“As an educator and the only elected official of color serving on the County Council, I am honored to join UNCF and other stakeholders as we initiate Howard County’s Inaugural Leaders’ Luncheon,” said Ball. “It is incumbent upon us as community leaders and educational advocates to identify ways that make college more affordable for our youth so that their future continues to shine bright.”

UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships to minority students, provides support to 37 private member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and awards more than 10,000 scholarships a year to students attending more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S.

With the commitment of its sponsors, UNCF awarded nearly 400 scholarships totaling $3.6 million to students from the Washington-Maryland-Virginia area last academic year. UNCF also distributed more than $5 million last year to thousands of students who attend colleges across Washington, Virginia and Maryland. The inaugural Howard County Leaders’ Luncheon sponsors, include BGE, St John Baptist Church, Columbia Association Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Howard Community College, Comcast and Corporate Office Properties Trust.

“The inaugural Howard County Leaders’ Luncheon continues UNCF’s mission of empowering our young people to pursue a higher education,” said Charles Thompson III, UNCF area development director. “Through community support, we are securing better futures for us all—paying dividends for the next generation of leaders.”

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Coke at 202.810.0333, or jennifer.coke@uncf.org or visit UNCF.org/DMV.



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 21 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 on Twitter at @UNCF.