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‘UNCF An Evening of Stars’ to Highlight 33 Years of Helping Students

When Curtis Browne ‘11 was looking for a college, he wanted to go someplace that emphasized service. It didn’t take long for him to see that Morehouse College was where he needed to be.


Helping Browne make that a reality was the UNCF, which gave him assistance that included the UNCF’s Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship. Now he is giving back as a college adviser for the Harlem Chidren’s Zone, a not-for-profit dedicated to ending the generational cycle of poverty.


“UNCF has transformed me in ways that are indescribable,” said the 2011 graduate. “Had it not been for UNCF, I would not be the man who I am with a Morehouse degree.”


On Jan. 29, Browne will be one of several students who will tell their personal story about the help they’ve received from the UNCF. They will appear on the 33rd UNCF An Evening of Stars, which will be broadcast by BET.


Among those who will appear or perform are Patti LaBelle, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Miguel, Music Soulchild, Ledisi and David Banner.


“This year’s UNCF An Evening of Stars is filled with high-energy performances, combining the hottest talent with inspirational stories of young students who are beating the odds because they can receive a good education,” said Michael Lomax ’68, UNCF president and CEO. “We are grateful for the support of all our celebrities, sponsors and contributors who understand the importance of ‘Educating Our Future’ and giving students the opportunity to earn college degrees that will enable them to lead successful and fulfilling lives.”


UNCF manages approximately 400 programs that provide scholarships, internships, academic support and mentoring to students. UNCF has provided more than $615 million in scholarships to almost 50,000 undergraduate students.


For more information on the UNCF An Evening of Stars, go to http://www.uncf.org/aeos/.