UNCF and Element Fleet Management Corp. Launch New Scholarship Program to Further College Access to Students in the DMV and Twin Cities, MN

The Washington, DC, and Minneapolis offices of UNCF (United Negro College Fund) are pleased to introduce the UNCF Element Fleet Scholarship. Element Fleet Management, a new donor and partner of UNCF, will make higher education more affordable this fall for three Black students through a need-based scholarship of up to $10,000 per student. Element Fleet Management has offices across the globe with two of its largest offices located in Sparks, MD, and Hopkins, MN. This new program will provide students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing careers in business- and business-related fields with academic support as well as ongoing mentoring, internship opportunities, networking and more throughout their college career.

“Thank you, Element Fleet Management,” said Harry Christian III, development director of the Washington, DC, office. “During this time of unrest, we are excited to have the support from Element as we fight to secure the future of our talented Black students in the DMV. This new scholarship enables us to support brilliant students who want to earn degrees but lack the resources to do so especially during this global pandemic. We are so grateful to have Element Fleet Management as a valuable partner.”

element logo“We are so grateful to Element Fleet Management for making it possible for UNCF Minneapolis to expand scholarship opportunities to deserving students from Minnesota,” said Laverne McCartney Knighton, area development director of the Minneapolis office. “These students will also have access to internships with Element Fleet Management, so it is the gift that will keep on giving to expose students to new careers in non-traditional industries.”

The program is currently accepting applications in the DMV and Minneapolis-St. Paul area. To be considered for the award, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be Black/African American
  • Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a demonstrated, unmet financial need as verified by their college or university
  • Be enrolled full-time as a college junior or senior when applying
  • Major in a business-related field such as marketing, finance, sales or human resources. Other business-related fields may be considered.

“Element Fleet Management is proud to support UNCF,” said Sheri McGrath, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Element. “Through our Black Employee Business Resource Group, we’ve supported and actively participated with UNCF for many years and look forward to an even deeper continued partnership. At Element, we care deeply about education, employment and community aid. Providing scholarships, mentorship and internships to the youth of tomorrow will prepare the next generation of our workforce and offer exposure to industries such as fleet management.”

Program applications are due by June 3 at 11:59 p.m. EST in the DMV and by June 30 at 11:59 p.m. CST for Minneapolis-St. Paul Area applicants. Applicants can apply at UNCF.org/Scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded and administered by UNCF. Recipients will be notified by Aug. 31 for DMV and Sept. 10 for Minneapolis-St. Paul.


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, 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 nearly 20% 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 trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® For continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

About Element Fleet Management

Element Fleet Management (TSX: EFN) is the largest pure-play automotive fleet manager in the world, providing the full range of fleet services and solutions to a growing base of loyal, world-class clients – corporations, governments and not-for-profits – across North America, Australia and New Zealand. Element enjoys proven resilient cash flow, a significant proportion of which is returned to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks; a scalable operating platform that magnifies revenue growth into earnings growth; and an evolving capital-lighter business model that enhances return on equity. Element’s services address every aspect of clients’ fleet requirements, from vehicle acquisition and maintenance to accident recovery and re-marketing. Clients benefit from Element’s expertise as the largest fleet solutions provider in its markets, offering unmatched economies of scale and insight used to reduce fleet operating costs and improve productivity and performance. For more information, visit www.elementfleet.com/investors.