By Kenya King (www.atlantadailyworld.com)
It’s an emergency, but there is no need to dial 911 – call the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). For dozens of rising and graduating seniors at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the idea of not matriculating in the final coursework for their academic degree brings a wave of unnerving emotions and uncertainty about their future.
Now those trepidations are being diminished through the UNCF’s Campaign for Emergency Student Aid (CESA). CESA funds are special monies set aside for emergency student financial aid above and beyond the general scholarship resources that go to the UNCF. At the UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball held on Dec. 17 at Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the UNCF raised thousands of dollars targeted toward meeting the needs of students requiring urgent financial assistance in their final semesters of study.
“Every year the Mayor’s Masked Ball brings together Atlanta leaders who believe in the power of education to help the next generation of doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, business executives and entrepreneurs get the education they need to compete in a global economy,” said Michael Lomax, UNCF president and CEO.
Overall the Mayor’s Masked Ball raised $1.2 million that will benefit Atlanta University Schools, including Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse and the Interdenominational Theological Center. Out of the $1.2 million, $100,000 will go toward the emergency fund.