Verizon Wireless and UNCF Announce Black History Month Essay Contest for College Scholarships

Feb. 21, 2010

High School Seniors to Address How Wireless Technology Has Changed the World We Live In for a Chance to Win Scholarships Up To $5,000


MILWAUKEE – In honor of Black History Month, Verizon Wireless and UNCF—the United Negro College Fund—are offering high school seniors the chance to win one of 12 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. To qualify for the contest, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0, plan to attend a two-year or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2010, and currently reside in Wisconsin. The contest also includes residents of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota or West Virginia.


“With the economic challenges so many families are facing, it is more important than ever to support students looking to gain a college education,” said T.J. Fox, president – Wisconsin/Illinois region, Verizon Wireless. “As a company, we embrace diversity because we believe it’s smart business and because it’s the right thing to do. We are excited to be able to help deserving students better prepare for the cost of their college education.”


The Verizon Wireless/UNCF Black History Month Essay Contest asks high school seniors to write an essay of no more than 500 words that addresses how the evolution of wireless technology has changed the world we live in. UNCF will review all the applications and score the essays, and the top 12 applicants will be awarded scholarships.


The awards are the following:

· First Place: $5,000 scholarship, netbook and $100 Verizon Wireless gift card;

· Second Place: $4,000 scholarship, netbook and $100 Verizon Wireless gift card;

· Third Place: $3,000 scholarship, netbook and $100 Verizon Wireless gift card; and

· Fourth through 12th Place: $1,000 scholarships.


“The 21st century economy runs on technology,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., UNCF President and CEO. “This contest is a great incentive for students to think about how that affects all our lives and to compete for help in paying for their college education. We thank Verizon Wireless for their ongoing support of UNCF and the aspiring young leaders who depend on UNCF for help in getting the education they need and our nation needs them to have.”


This Black History Month Essay Contest is one of a variety of educational and diversity programs supported by Verizon Wireless. With a diverse workforce of 83,000, Verizon Wireless drives workplace diversity by establishing programs to encourage the hiring and advancement of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.


Students are encouraged to visit for complete details of the essay contest and to apply online. The application deadline is April 15, 2010. For more information, contact UNCF Program Services at (703) 205-3400 or For more information about the Verizon Wireless essay awards, visit


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