Mayor Sylvester Turner will return as honorary chair for the 5thannual United Negro College Fund Houston walk for education on Sept. 8 at Tom Bass Park. More than 2000 residents, corporate and community leaders will #LaceUp4UNCF to go the extra mile in providing a quality education to area students.

The lack of financial support is one of the greatest roadblocks to higher education. That’s why UNCF remains committed toward investing in students with its national three-pillar approach serving as the nation’s leading advocate for minority education and community engagement, providing scholarships and supporting partner colleges and universities. Locally, UNCF has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships and continues to lead transformational educational support programs.

“Now more than ever, college education is vitally important to the success of our children,” said Michael L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO. “By investing in our students now, we are providing them with a path to success that will pay future dividends for them, for their families and for all of us.”

Whether you register individually or form a team, there are activities for everyone, including a young genius playground, live entertainment, health screenings and a time to represent your alma mater in the alumni village tent. Collectively, the community will come together for a great cause raising funds for deserving local students and the historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that support them.

Events such as these make it possible for UNCF to award 10,000 scholarships a year through 400 programs to students at 900 colleges and universities, including UNCF’s 37-member institutions. The walk has raised more than $5 million since its inception.

“Register your team and help UNCF walk the walk,” said Juana Collins, area director, UNCF Houston. “UNCF member colleges and other HBCUs contribute $14.8 billion in total economic impact for their local and regional economies, which is why we need you to #LaceUp4UNCF in Houston.”

To register for the walk, Visit UNCF.org/HoustonWalk

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