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NBA moms charity basketball game helps local charities

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SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

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Let the rivalry begin.

Flo Allen-Hopson, mother of Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen, said the NBA vs. NFL moms charity basketball game, sponsored by the Orlando Magic, will return to Orlando in 2012. The NBA moms defeated the NFL moms 24-12 Aug. 7 at Olympia high school to a sold-out crowd of over 2,500 fans.

The NBA moms also held a charity fashion show the following day with proceeds from both events benefiting the United Negro College Fund and Florida Hospital. Both recipients will be presented with checks Tuesday afternoon, Sept 14.

Flo Allen said the large turnout at the charity basketball game helped the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players organization to raise more money than the previous year, despite the struggling economy. She would not reveal the dollar amount, as the checks have not been presented to the charities yet.

The NBA moms will travel to Los Angeles to participate in a flag football competition against the NFL moms and will return to Orlando the following year for a basketball game. She also said the MPBPA would look to find a bigger venue. Some fans were turned away at the door due to the capacity turnout.

“We never want to turn anyone away, we want to bring the community in,” Allen said.

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September 11, 2010 at 9:10 am

UNCF raises over $30,000 at golf tournament

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SOURCE: KLTV

UNCF logoThe United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization today announces that the recently held Jethro Pugh Scholarship Invitational raised more than $30,000 for scholarships and operating support for its five Texas based member historically black colleges and universities.

The annual golf tournament sponsored and organized by airport concessionaire The Paradies Shops and partner Jethro Pugh has raised over $600,000 since its inception.  Funds raised support the Jethro Pugh Scholarship Fund, which grants a $10,000 scholarship each year for four years to a deserving student attending a Texas UNCF college.  Recognized at the tournament was last year’s scholarship recipient Quincy Bland, who attends Huston-Tillotson University, and this year’s scholarship recipient from Jarvis Christian College, LaChelle Andrews. Both scholars excel academically while also volunteering in their communities.

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October 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and UNCF Partner to Launch New College Scholarship Opportunity

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FAIRFAX, VA – Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and UNCF — the United Negro College Fund — the nation’s oldest and most successful minority education assistance organization, have launched the Turn 2 Foundation/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship Fund Program to reduce financial barriers and help increase access to higher education for talented high school seniors. Founded by New York Yankee Derek Jeter, the Turn 2 Foundation creates and supports signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles.

Through the Turn 2 Foundation/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship Fund Program, the Turn 2 Foundation will provide up to four qualifying students with scholarships to attend one of the 39 UNCF-member colleges and universities. Scholarships of $6,000 per year will be awarded annually for up to four years. Graduates are eligible if they have completed the Jeter’s Leaders Program, the Turn 2 Foundation’s Signature Leadership Development Program in Kalamazoo, MI, and New York City, and will be attending a UNCF-member institution. The scholarship fund is named after Derek Jeter’s sister, Sharlee Jeter, a graduate of the prestigious UNCF-member institution Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

“I am a proud graduate of Spelman College. My experiences were both positive and rewarding. I am pleased that a scholarship named in my honor will assist in giving a deserving student the opportunity to attend a historically black college and receive the benefit of an excellent educational experience. I will certainly continue to act as a mentor, role model and friend to the student recipient(s),” said Sharlee Jeter, Vice President of the Turn 2 Foundation.

“UNCF welcomes this new partnership with the Turn 2 Foundation,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO of UNCF. “The students will get their college degrees thanks to the Turn 2 Foundation/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship Fund Program and these students will be the engineers, teachers, economists and scientists of tomorrow. We are grateful to Turn 2 Foundation for investing in our future leaders.”

Applicants for the Turn 2 Foundation Scholarship Program must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • High school senior.
  • Students must enroll full-time at one of UNCF’s 39 member colleges and universities.
  • Students must have a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must have completed the Jeter’s Leaders Program in either Kalamazoo or New York.

This year’s applicants must complete and submit the Turn 2 Foundation/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship Program online application at the UNCF website. Candidates must submit the following documents to be considered:

  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher that details the student’s talents, interests and aspirations
  • A one- to two-page essay answering the following three part question about the students participation and development throughout the Jeter’s Leaders Program:
    • Discuss your contributions to the Jeter’s Leaders Program
    • Discuss your development as a Leader and how the Jeter’s Leaders Program has helped prepare you for college and beyond.
    • Why do you think you deserve this scholarship?
  • Current high school transcript

For more information about this scholarship program, please visit the UNCF website or contact Crystal Terry at (703) 205-2052.

About UNCF

UNCF — the United Negro College Fund — is the nation’s oldest and most successful minority education assistance organization. Its mission is to increase minority degree attainment by providing financial support to its 39 member institutions, reducing financial barriers to college and serving as a national advocate for minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 18 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. UNCF’s recently redesigned logo and brand identity feature UNCF’s torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at http://www.UNCF.org.

About Turn 2 Foundation

The Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996, has awarded more than $8 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to “TURN 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets for children to achieve academic excellence, develop leadership skills and remain drug and alcohol free. These programs all share the same goal of helping today’s youth become the leaders of tomorrow. For more information about the Turn 2 Foundation, visit us at www.Turn2Foundation.org.

National Society of Black Engineers Honors UNCF/Merck Science Initiative With Golden Torch Award

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WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ – MAY 20, 2008 – The UNCF/Merck Science Initiative was recently honored by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with the 2008 Golden Torch Award for Corporate/Education Partnership at the NSBE Annual National Convention in Orlando, Florida. The Corporate/Education Partnership award is given to a joint program between a corporation and an educational institution or program dedicated to improving African-American access to quality education, employment and technology.

The UNCF/Merck Science Initiative is a ground-breaking program established in 1996 to support the training and development of African-American scientists in the United States. “Merck’s continued support for this initiative makes it a national leader in an area of critical importance to the nation’s education system and the economy,” said Michael L. Lomax, PhD, UNCF–the United Negro College Fund president and CEO. “We are grateful to Merck for its leadership, and for investing in UNCF, the program’s over 400 recipients and the future of American science and education.”

The UNCF/Merck Science Initiative provides financial support through scholarships and fellowships awarded at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels to outstanding African-American students pursuing studies in the biomedical sciences. Undergraduate scholars also receive paid internships for two summers at the Merck Research Laboratories, where Merck scientists volunteer to mentor scholars and fellows. Mentoring is a key program component and provides opportunities for enhancing research, career development and networking skills.

The UNCF/Merck Science Initiative is an example of how Merck’s commitment to building capacity in the biomedical sciences is aligned with its core business. “Merck launched the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative as a result of our strong belief in fostering diversity in the workplace and in promoting the development and training of future leaders in science and biomedical research. Scientific discovery and innovation are at the very heart of what Merck does,” said Carlo Parravano, PhD, Executive Director, Merck Institute for Science Education.

Merck has contributed more than $36 million to the Science Initiative. To date, more than 400 scholarships and fellowships have been awarded to promising African-American students through a competitive application process that selects candidates based on their academic achievements and their potential in the field of biomedical research. Fellows have gone on to pursue careers in a wide range of disciplines, from biochemistry and microbiology to pharmacology, neuroscience, biophysics and bioengineering.

The UNCF/Merck Initiative is an integral component of the mission of the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE). Founded to improve science education and raise the levels of science performance for students from kindergarten through 12th grade, MISE has been expanded to include college and graduate-level education. MISE works to build capacity in the biomedical sciences through partnerships with educational institutions. It is funded through a 15-year, $35 million commitment from The Merck Company Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck & Co., Inc. For more information, visit www.mise.org

About UNCF
UNCF—the United Negro College Fund—is the nation’s oldest and most successful minority education assistance organization. Its mission is to increase minority degree attainment by providing financial support to its 39 member institutions, reducing financial barriers to college and serving as a national advocate for minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 18 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. UNCF’s recently redesigned logo and brand identity feature UNCF’s torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at www.uncf.org.

For more information on the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative, visit www.uncf.org. <!–

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For more information please contact:

Joye Griffin
UNCF
(703) 205-3480
www.uncf.org

Maggie Kohn
Merck & Co., Inc.
(908) 423-5655
www.merck.com

For more CSR news and information from this organization:

Corporate Social Responsibility Profile for Merck & Co., Inc.