How Community Action Helped UNCF Award Over $9 Million in Scholarships Last Year

UNCF Savannah Mayor’s Luncheon Secures Better Futures for Us All The Honorable Michael L. Thurmond, chief executive officer, DeKalb County, GA will deliver the keynote address

The Honorable Mayor Eddie DeLoach Jr.


Close to 200 guests are expected to attend the annual UNCF Savannah Mayor’s Luncheon on March 9, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah at 11:45 a.m. Hosted by the Honorable Mayor Eddie DeLoach Jr. and Mayor Pro Tem Carol Bell, the event will bring together businesses, civic and education leaders, including the Honorable Shawn A. Kachmar, Savannah Chatham County Board of Education (District 4); Maurice E. Jenkins, executive vice president of UNCF; and the Honorable Michael L. Thurmond, chief executive officer, DeKalb County, who will deliver the keynote address.

“We look forward to a day of building through education,” said Jenkins. “UNCF understands the integral role the community plays in making a quality education accessible for all and values the platform the mayor provides to increase awareness of our mission.”

“The annual UNCF Savannah Mayor’s luncheon sheds light on the need to raise dollars for education,” said Rosalind McGinnis, area development director, UNCF. “We are excited to have Mr. Thurmond speak on the state of education, reassuring us all that our voices make a difference and are needed to ignite change.”


"last year UNCF was able to award 651 scholarships totaling $9,600,609 to students from Georgia."


Through the unwavering support of the community, last year UNCF was able to award 651 scholarships totaling $9,600,609 to students from Georgia. WTOC News Channel 11 anchor Dawn Baker serves as the mistress of ceremonies.

For more information on how you can support the efforts of UNCF Savannah or to reserve your complimentary ticket to the luncheon, please contact Rosalind McGinnis at 404.302.8623 x 8513 or visit:


About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nations 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 nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities. Learn more at, or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter @UNCF.