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UNCF Empower Me Tour Kicks Off March 26! Read Our Interview With Director Stacey Lee

UNCF Empower Me Tour Kicks Off March 26! Read Our Interview With Director Stacey Lee
Posted By: Lailah Berry on March 11, 2021

For current college students seeking career advice, the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) provides students of color assistance connecting the dots post-graduation. The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Empower Me Tour (EMT) is a free college-and-career-readiness opportunity that will kick off its spring 2021 virtual tour on March 26. The UNCF EMT was created 13 years ago by founding sponsor Wells Fargo to inspire students to take control of their futures by pursuing a four-year college degree and graduating with an education that prepares them for robust life engagement and successful careers. Register for the event today: www.EmpowerMeTour.org.

Our writer Lailah Berry had a chance to interview Stacey Lee, the director of the Empower Me Tour. Here is what she had to say about the event:


Lailah: What can you say about the event and what it will do for college students?

Stacey Lee: This event will be helping a lot of students! There will be scholarships, a student can get $2500 on the spot simply for going to an HBCU and there's something for everyone. It doesn't matter if you're a freshman, a sophomore, junior or senior.

Lailah: So who will be involved in this event?

Stacey Lee: We have a lot of sponsors, Wells Fargo, Target, Bank of America, there will be some panelists, we also have Pinky Cole from Slutty Vegan ATL speaking as well and so much more.

Lailah: Even though it is virtual, what should students to this event?

Stacey Lee: Students can upload their resumes when they register! The link will take them to a portal to register, and they'll be able to submit their resumes, and on the day of the event they should have a notepad ready to take notes!

Lailah: Will the students also learn how to find scholarships on their own?

Stacey lee: There will be so many gems dropped, and all they have to do is apply, and they'll be considered for the $2500 scholarship regardless of major! Our panelists will also be speaking about the college experience, how to find scholarships, and what to look for when applying.

Lailah: What would be 3 pieces of advice for freshman?

Stacey Lee: Time management, that is so important. Then I would say get involved, but be sure to keep your grades up, and them lastly would be even if you're homesick get out there in your community and learn your surroundings.



Lailah: And what would your advice be for Seniors?

Stacey Lee: First of all don't let anyone crush your dreams. People will do that, and they try but don't let them succeed. Just know it's okay to change your mind if you decide you want your job to be different from your major. Lastly, entrepreneurship isn't for everyone, and you'd be surprised what kind of career opportunities there are in different fields!

Read more to find out how to register for this amazing event, and get registered ASAP: www.EmpowerMeTour.org.

The kick-off event on March 26, from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET), will welcome students from both UNCF-supported historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as well as all other accredited colleges in the United States. Because the event is virtual, students from all over the country will have the opportunity to log in and participate.

“EMT is a wonderful program that Wells Fargo is tremendously proud to sponsor,” said Sharon Murphy, executive vice president and CIO for the Chief Operating Office at Wells Fargo and a UNCF national board member. “Over the past 13 years, Wells Fargo employees across the country have supported thousands of deserving students. Our company’s leaders and recruiting team look forward to hosting students in our virtual booth and providing resources to help each of them define and pursue their career goals."

“UNCF is grateful for Wells Fargo's long-standing investment in better futures for African American students," said UNCF President and CEO Michael L. Lomax. The UNCF Empower Me Tour has the potential to transform the lives of students by equipping them with the skills needed to become leaders in college and beyond, and all of our generous sponsors affirm our motto that a mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”

College students attending EMT events will receive expert tips on job interviews and personal finances in addition to empowerment and personal branding advice. They will also have the opportunity to interview virtually during the event with select companies for internships or first-year job placements.

The UNCF EMT, which is also sponsored by FedEx, P&G, Disney, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America has offered more than 25 million in scholarships and impacted thousands of students since its inception.

For more information on the UNCF Empower Me Tour and to register for free, visit www.EmpowerMeTour.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @UNCF #EmpowerMeTour
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