United Negro College Fund North Florida (UNCF) Council and Wells Fargo hosted its annual Community Scholarship Forum, “Invest in Your Future” on Tuesday, September 24th at Wolfson High School for students in Duval County and surrounding areas for students in 8th-12th grade. UNCF, the nation’s largest and effective minority education organization continues to make an impact in the lives of students. UNCF’s strives to be the pacesetter’s in providing students access to a plethora of resources on scholarships and internships. Gwen Hewitt, UNCF’s Area Development Director talked to students at the forum about how to apply for scholarships directly on UNCF’s website.
Panel guests consisted of professionals from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) track, that shared information about how they got started in their career, what path they took to get to where they are now, how much education was required for the position they currently hold, and the challenges and obstacles they faced to get to the career they presently hold. Students were allowed to ask panel guests questions about career-related matters. “One student in the audience asked if one of the panel guests could be their mentor. The panel guest, without any reservations, accepted the mentor/mentee relationship. We were excited and proud,” said Hewitt,
The keynote speaker was Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent with Duval County Public Schools. Dr. Greene’s message to the students, was “the time is now.” She honed in on time management, procrastination and study habit attributes that if not nurtured, can deter students from achieving their goals. “There will be challenges, but you have to push through and press forward in order to succeed,” said Greene.
The Community Forum event provided free entry, refreshments and giveaways, including an IPAD donated by Microsoft. Shown are panelist Sgt. Tony Davis, Jason Hardwick, Rene Brown and Lt. Faisa Hussein; shown at the podium speaking to attendees is UNF Community Co Chair Geree Jackson with DCPS Superintendent Dr. Greene.