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Thousands of dollars to be awarded by UNCF on Friday

Posted at 11:40 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 14:01:30-04

MILWAUKEE — Thousands of dollars will be awarded on the spot to local Milwaukee high school graduating seniors Friday, thanks to the United Negro College Fund.

The UNCF Empower Me Tour is slated from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. Last year was the first year for the event. They gave away $3.8 million to Milwaukee students.

EMT is a free, traveling college-and-career-readiness roadshow that provides a platform for high school students to earn on-site scholarships and admission to the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities.

UNCF is the largest scholarship provider to students of color in the United States, awarding more than $100 million annually in scholarships to more than 7,200 students across the country.

With the help of UNCF, Milwaukee native Darell Garth graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2018.

Garth knew Clark was his dream school but quickly learned he had to find ways to pay for it.

After visiting the financial aid office, he applied and won two scholarships that would cover the cost of all four years in college: First Generation Coca Cola and the Toyota Scholarship.

“Receiving the UNCF scholarship allowed me to turn my dreams into reality by not only helping me pay for school but allowing me to graduate and become the first ever in my family to graduate from college,” Garth said.

Since graduating, Garth has returned home to Milwaukee and works for Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company.

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