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Press Release

UNCF Empower Me Tour is a full day of on-site college admissions, scholarship awards and workshops aimed at giving students and parents tools to get them to and through college

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Sept. 21, 2016) —The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Empower Me Tour (EMT) is a free, traveling college-and-career-readiness roadshow presented in partnership with Target. The tour was created eight years ago by Wells Fargo to inspire students to take control of their futures by pursuing a four-year college degree and graduating with an education that prepares them for the challenges they will face in the 21 century and beyond.

The UNCF EMT, also sponsored by FedEx and P&G, has a high success rate of graduates from the Twin Cities who attended historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In fact, UNCF awarded $1.5 million in scholarships to students from the Twin Cities that attended the EMT last year. A recent article in the Washington Post written by Valerie Strauss entitled, “Enrollments surge at historically Black colleges amid rise in racial tensions,” highlighted the double-digit growth in enrollment rates, attributing the value of an HBCU education on diversity, cultural competency and how higher education prepares students for the challenges they face today and in the future.

“The need is great in the Twin Cities where extreme education disparities exist across racial sectors. We are putting forth innovative tools and resources that bring the HBCUs to students who otherwise would not have access to these extraordinary schools. On-site registration and scholarship awards can change a student’s life by simply attending the tour,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO, UNCF.

In addition to on-site admission, scholarships awarded and college prep workshops, students and parents will be exposed to nationally recognized, award-winning author, motivation and inspirational presenter Dr. Alex Ellis and many seminars that help students navigate complex education systems.

“EMT is a day of critical thinking and character building and will for many students of color in the Twin Cities, be a transformational experience to help them understand how great their potential is and how achievable their desire for higher education is,” Dr. Lomax explained. “UNCF’s Empower Me Tour inspires high school students to take control of their lives by using education as the foundation for achieving their goals and dreams.”

The UNCF EMT is possible because of the support from strong and consistent donors like Target, Wells Fargo and others.

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