Deadline For UNCF, Verizon Black History Essay Contest
In honor of Black History Month, Verizon Wireless and United Negro College Fund (UNCF) have been sponsoring an essay contest during the past month in five regions where eligible high school students have the chance to win a total of 15 scholarships.
To qualify for the contest, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, plan to attend a four-year accredited college or university in the fall of 2011, and reside in the New York Metropolitan region which includes Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, Long Island, Staten Island, Northern New Jersey, and Rockland County. The deadline is March 15, only a few days left to submit the essay.
UNCF and Verizon Wireless asks eligible high school seniors to write an essay of no more than 500 words. UNCF officials will review all the applications and score the essays, with the top three applicants per region receiving the following scholarships:
•First Place: $5,000 scholarship, Netbook and Motorola Droid
•Second Place: $4,000 scholarship, Netbook and Motorola Droid
•Third Place: $3,000 scholarship, Netbook and Motorola Droid
“In recent years, wireless technology has become a much more integral and important part of our society,” said UNCF President and CEO Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D. “This contest is a great opportunity to encourage students to understand how this affects their lives and to compete for scholarships to help pay for their college education. We thank Verizon Wireless for their continued support of UNCF and for investing in the next generation of leaders who will become our nation’s future scientists, teachers, business executives, doctors and lawyers.”
Students are encouraged to visit www.UNCF.org for complete details on the essay contest and to apply online. The application deadline is March 15. For more information, contact UNCF Program Services at 703-205-3400 or, visit email@example.com.