Senator Scott Introduces Legislation to Recognize United Negro College Fund’s 80 Years of Exemplary Service to HBCUs and Black Students

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee and Co-Chairman of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, introduced legislation to award the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of its 80th anniversary.

As the nation’s largest and most effective fundraising and scholarship granting organization of HBCUs, UNCF has raised over $7 billion in private donations, awarding $100 million in scholarships to 10,000 students at hundreds of colleges and universities annually.

“Education is the closest thing to magic in America, and HBCUs provide pipelines to opportunity for millions of students,” said Senator Scott. “The United Negro College Fund’s rich history of supporting these institutions and the students who look to them to live out their version of the American dream is nothing short of extraordinary. Awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal is the least we could do in celebration of their service.”