Two students, desperate for financial assistance, recently emailed the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) seeking help. Each was faced with the need to pay off outstanding balances of about $7,000 before they could register for a new semester. They had nowhere else to turn.
Luckily for them, the UNCF is able to give them, along with thousands of others, the financial support they need. That scenario plays out every day, the organization’s leader said at a press conference and media tour of their new headquarters in Northwest. The organization recently moved here from New York after 20 years.
The UNCF’s raison d’etre is to help increasing numbers of needy students navigate rocky financial terrain on the way to attaining college degrees.
“For most students, it’s a complex, almost impossible system, from filling out forms to staying in college year-after-year,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., UNCF’s president and chief executive officer at the Jan. 24th event. “… There is a terrible patchwork of programs that do not work. Kids can’t get loans. It doesn’t work anymore. It’s broken.” (Washington Informer)