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Inspiring youth to excel in academic, financial and personal responsibility; Highlighting community efforts to get students to and through college!

WASHINGTON D.C. (August 13, 2013) – The UNCF Empower Me Tour (EMT) – a free, traveling college-and career-readiness road show sponsored by UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization – will bring entertainers, community activists and educational partners to various Tour stops nationwide.

Now in its sixth year, the EMT, a partnership between UNCF and Wells Fargo, was created to empower a movement committed to developing a robust college-going culture among African American and other students of color. That movement fosters academic excellence, personal responsibility and fiscal health, preparing students to go to and through college while inspiring them to make education the foundation of their goals and dreams. Wells Fargo is the presenting Sponsor of the UNCF Empower Me Tour.

Attendees of the EMT participate in workshops, panel discussions, and the Empower Me Tour Zone – an interactive experience for students, parents, and educators that includes opportunities to meet with college recruiters, a resume-building session, and to learn about financial literacy, college readiness, scholarship and internship opportunities. In addition to this year’s hosts, an array of celebrities, educators and entrepreneurs will share their personal educational journeys with participating middle school, high school and college students.

For more information on the tour and to register for FREE, visit

About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 38 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 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. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at

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