Voorhees applauds local lawmakers for inclusion on first UNCF HBCU Congressional Honor Roll

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Voorhees applauds local lawmakers for inclusion on first UNCF HBCU Congressional Honor Roll

March 06, 2019

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) recently released the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Congressional Honor Roll, recognizing 59 members of Congress for their efforts on behalf of HBCUs and their students.  The honor roll will be released annually and highlight members of Congress who have served as true champions and strong advocates for HBCUs and their students beyond their voting records.

Voorhees College recognizes Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) for their congressional support to the institution and HBCUs overall. Congressional support of HBCUs is vital to the continued success and sustainability of these institutions. Recognizing this, as well as the social and economic impact of HBCUs on this country and this state, each of the members recognized has taken strong steps to support these institutions by doing things such as joining the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus or sponsoring legislation beneficial to HBCUs and the students they serve.

Voorhees College President W. Franklin Evans said Voorhees is one of the engines of immense social and economic impact in the community. However, this would not be possible without federal support,” Evans said. “The new UNCF honor roll list enables institutional leaders, faculty, staff, and students the gauge the support of elected officials as a tool to advocate. We are excited about our senators and representatives joining us and UNCF to continue the HBCU agenda and advance.”

UNCF President and CEO Michael Lomax said this new HBCU honor roll empowers the work our institutions began more than 150 years ago. “Hopefully the honor roll will build on gains we made during the last Congress. These gains included more than $100 million in additional support for HBCUs. However, our institutions still need significant investment in their infrastructure and innovation goals,” Lomax said.

He added, “In addition to releasing this honor roll, today I delivered the first ever ‘State of the HBCU Address.’ I called on lawmakers to renew and increase their commitment to HBCUs, and communities they serve by providing additional funding for the Title III Strengthening Institutions Program and setting aside $1 billion for HBCU capital improvement.”

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 37 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 nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 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 UNCF.org, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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