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The UNCF/Koch Scholars Program, funded by a generous $25 million grant from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, offers scholarship opportunities to talented African-American undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students with both a demonstrated financial need, and an interest in exploring how entrepreneurship, innovation and economics contribute to well-being for individuals, communities and society.

This new educational initiative is much more than scholarship assistance. UNCF/Koch Scholars Program educational components have been designed to assist Scholars with their continued growth as leaders in developing these core program principles.

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 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 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 HERE.

About Koch Industries:
Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America according to Forbes. Koch companies have a presence in about 60 countries and employ more than 100,000 people worldwide, with about 60,000 of those in the United States. In 2013, Koch companies paid compensation and benefits totaling nearly $4.8 billion to U.S.-based employees and supported a total of more than 200,000 jobs and earnings of about $11.8 billion. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies earned more than 800 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service. Koch focuses on philanthropic programs that enable individuals to improve their lives, find fulfillment, and realize their full potential. CLICK HERE for more information.

About the Charles Koch Foundation:
For more than 50 years, Charles G. Koch has supported research and educational programs focused on improving people’s lives. Since 1980, the Charles Koch Foundation’s giving has supported universities and other non-profit organizations to improve understanding of the institutions that foster societal well-being. CLICK HERE for more information.