To celebrate his 40th birthday, Aaron Stallworth, my brother-in-law, set a courageous goal of raising $40K to donate to the United Negro College Fund. Per its website, since its founding, the UNCF has raised “more than $4.7 billion and helps more than 430,000 students and counting not just attend college, but thrive, graduate and become leaders. We do this in three ways: By awarding more than 10,000 students scholarships, worth more than $100 million, each year. By providing financial support to 37 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). And by serving as the nation’s leading advocate for the importance of minority education and community engagement.”
Stallworth has dedicated his career to taking similar action, helping students achieve their dream of a college education. Today, he is the senior relationship manager at Gates Millennium Scholars. I have been fortunate to experience firsthand the results of his labor, as many of the students I teach at Spelman College receive Gates and UNCF scholarships.
Last week, Stallworth gathered friends and family at his #Turn40Give40UNCF birthday celebration in Washington, DC at Smith Public Trust. He raised over $15K and hopes to raise more in the coming weeks. Stallworth thanked his contributors on his Facebook page, writing, “Thank you to everyone that made the #Turn40Give40UNCF campaign a success! Please continue to support organizations (with your time, money and resistance) that do the needed work …”
To donate, visit Stallworth’s Youcaring.com crowdfunding page: #Turn40Give40UNCF