Voorhees raises $10,7000 during the sixth annual UNCF Corporate and Community Luncheon


Voorhees raises $10,700 during the sixth annual UNCF Corporate and Community Luncheon

October 24, 2019

Voorhees College recently raised $10,700 during its sixth annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Corporate and Community Luncheon to support student scholarships. 

The luncheon recognized UNCF student scholarship recipients and provided the sponsors in attendance with an opportunity to meet them. Joy Felder, one of the recipients, gave a student response on how her scholarship has helped her to continue her educational goals at Voorhees. 

“It was my older brother who convinced me to enroll at Voorhees after graduating from Summerville High School. I immediately fell in love with some of the people on campus. However, my family had some financial hardships, and I needed funds to cover my tuition,” Felder said. “If it had not been for a UNCF scholarship, I would not have been able to begin my senior year. I am proud to announce I am a graduating senior and will be walking across the stage in May.” 

She added, “For the past three years here at Voorhees College, I feel that I have been planting ‘seeds,’ but now that it is my senior year, this is my season.” 

Felder has career aspirations to become a judge and establish a private security business. After graduation, she plans to earn a master’s degree 

After Felder’s response, a check was presented by Dr. W. Franklin Evans, ninth president and CEO of Voorhees College, Dr. Gwynth R. Nelson, vice president for Institutional Advancement and Development, and Dwayne Smiling, governmental relations manager, to UNCF for $10,700. 

Nelson said this year was the biggest luncheon attendance to date. “I want to give special recognition to all donors, whether you were a sponsor or purchased individual tickets you contributed in a major way. These students have proven why scholarships are so important, and please know every dollar counts,” Nelson said. 

 Left to right: Shavonne Gaskin, UNCF luncheon emcee,
Dr. Gwynth R. Nelson, President Evans, and Dwayne Smiling.