About the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program
Started in 2014 with a generous $25 million grant from Koch Industries, Inc., and the Charles Koch Foundation, the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program offers scholarships, mentorship, academic support, and networking opportunities to talented undergraduate African American students.
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 20 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 900 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 about UNCF.
About Koch Industries Inc.
Koch Industries owns a diverse group of companies that are integral to creating life’s basic necessities, including food, shelter, clothing, and transportation. With 120,000 employees in more than 60 countries, including 70,000 in the United States, Koch strives to make life better through innovative solutions that set industry best practices for quality and responsibility. Koch Industries is also an unapologetic advocate for the principles of a free and open society, which are applied across Koch companies every single day and contribute to its overall success.
About the Charles Koch Foundation
The Charles Koch Foundation has been working to help people improve their lives by advancing an understanding of the benefits of free societies since its founding in 1980. Through academic grants and educational initiatives, the Foundation supports education and research that facilitates dialogue and sparks innovation, creating opportunities for people to thrive. Learn more about the Charles Koch Foundation.