National Faith and Education Initiative

Give the gift of knowledge and help create better futures for young men and women who belong to faith communities across the country.

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For more than 150 years, HBCUs have served as havens of hope, promise and nurturing learning environments for deserving African American youth. And for more than 75 years, UNCF has been working with these same communities to ensure these students get the education they need and deserve. You can help by joining in the UNCF National Faith and Education Initiative.

Already we help more than 60,000 students each year attend college at more than 1,100 schools across the country. But the need is so much greater.

For every one scholarship we award, there are nine other students who do not receive funding they desperately need.


Take a look at these numbers:

  • 97% of UNCF students qualify for financial aid
  • 60%+ of UNCF students come from families that are considered low-income by federal government standards

More than 50% of students at UNCF institutions are the first in their families to attend college. But students aren’t the only reason to invest. Our communities benefit as well. Research indicates that HBCU graduates are more involved in charitable, civic and social activities. They vote in elections, support good public schools and support their congregations.

“Without churches, UNCF likely wouldn’t exist. Collectively, they planted the seed that grew the tree from which we sprang. The faith community has played a critical role in the founding of many of our HBCUs—and thus UNCF—and over the decades, has provided vital funds that have helped to sustain our schools.”Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., President and CEO, UNCF



There are many ways you can help:

  • Host a UNCF Sunday at your house of worship
  • Contact your UNCF local office to invite a representative to speak before your congregation
  • Recruit pastors and other faith leaders in your community or denomination to support this crucial UNCF initiative
  • Spread the word to the youth in your congregation about the hundreds of UNCF scholarships, fellowships and internships available to them
  • Encourage UNCF alumni to participate in the UNCF National Alumni Council and get involved with their alma maters
  • Add a UNCF link to your church’s website, and follow UNCF through our social media sites, Twitter: @UNCF and Facebook: @UNCF

February 28, 2022, is UNCF Sunday. Learn how your church can participate.





Interior of Claflin University's James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel

Claflin University’s James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel

Do you want to help UNCF make a difference in the lives of college students of color across the United States?  Let us know what your church or religious organization is interested doing with us.