Feb 27, 2010

UNCF and Verizon Team Up for Scholarships Honoring Black History Month

Five hundred words could earn lucky high school seniors $5000 toward college tuition and a complete technology “make-over.” In honor of Black History Month, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is partnering with Verizon Wireless to offer scholarships to students residing in specifically designated states. For the northeast regional competition, states include Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The assignment is simple: write a 500-word essay on how the evolution of wireless technology has changed the world in which we live. You’ll need to register and complete a very simple application to which the essay will be attached and uploaded. No financial information is requested or required.

To qualify, students must be graduating seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must reside in one of the eligible states or the District of Columbia. Applications for the northeastern region must be received by no later than March 15, 2010 (students in the midwest region have until April 15th).

But here’s the exciting part: there will be a total of twenty-five contest winners in the northeast region and twelve winners in the midwest. The top regional winners will each receive a scholarship of $5000 to be used during the 2010-11 academic year. They will also receive an HP mini 311 Netbook and DROID by Motorola cellphone with $2250 in Verizon Wireless gift cards that may be used toward wireless service. Additional scholarships ranging from $4000 to $1450 will also be awarded along with technology and gift cards.

Essays will be judged for quality and responsiveness. So watch out for grammar and be sure to answer the question.

This isn’t hard, and you could win up to $5000 to apply toward college tuition. For more information, go directly to the UNCF website

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