Stars Align for UNCF (Usher, Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey, Tracee Ellis Ross and more)

This past Sunday, January 27, Actor-comedian Anthony Anderson hosted the UNCF An Evening of Stars® Educating our Future Presented by Target.  The event aired on BET focused attention on the need for more African American college graduates and the work that UNCF does to get students to and through college.

The show featured Grammy-Award winner and founder of the New Look Foundation, Usher Raymond, who presented a four-year college scholarship to Milwaukee, Wisconsin high school senior, Ammon Lyle.  Other stars in attendance included Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan who presented scholarships to deserving college and college-bound students.

Usher presents full scholarship to UNCF scholar, Ammon Lyle(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)
Usher presents full scholarship to UNCF scholar, Ammon Lyle
(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

There was a star studded list of performers and presenters  – Chaka Khan , Yolanda Adams , Charlie Wilson , Keyshia Cole , Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson , Melanie Fiona , Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross , Keenan  Ivory Wayans and many more.

“Unfortunately, over 60,000 students apply for scholarships and financial aid every year and UNCF is able to award scholarships to just 15,000 who need help going to college. That’s why I’m a part of what UNCF is doing and I’m here for the long run,” said Anderson.

“UNCF is delighted that stars like Usher, Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan have agreed to make our cause their cause,” said UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax , Ph.D., “performing for the UNCF An Evening of Stars national audience and introducing UNCF’s “rising stars” — the high-achieving students who, thanks to UNCF, are getting the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.  The country is facing a crisis in African American education, and UNCF, BET and our galaxy of rising and established stars are determined to do something about it.”

“We are very excited to be a part of this inspirational night,” says BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee. “Historically black colleges and universities hold a special and important role in the African American community and we are honored to help raise funds and awareness to support the education of the next generation of leading African American professionals.”

UNCF, the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization, supports the education of more than 60,000 students each year. A recent study by UNCF’s Patterson Research Institute showed that UNCF’s 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) out-perform many non-HBCUs at enrolling and graduating low-income students.  UNCF’s largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, has a 90 percent graduation rate among its 13,000 low-income minority students, a rate significantly higher than the national college graduation rate.

The event was made possible by Target, Presenting Sponsor of UNCF An Evening of Stars®; National Sponsor McDonald’s, Official and Major Sponsors American Airlines, Wells Fargo, Buick, AT&T, the U.S Army and Anheuser-Busch; Media Partner, Clear Channel, and weekend sponsor Caesars Entertainment.

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Source: PR Newswire, BET Networks

Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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