UNCF New Orleans

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Why not invest your time or money in better futures for young people in Louisiana, Arkansas and around the country?

UNCF New Orleans is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around.

9/4/18: Due to the threat of severe weather associated with Tropical Storm Gordon, Mayor LaToya Cantrell has declared a state of emergency for the City of New Orleans.  The New Orleans UNCF office team will be adhering to city officials warnings on weather conditions and will be working remotely.  If you should need to reach the team please email:
LaJuana Chenier
Therese Badon

UNCF still needs your assistance, as we can only help 1 out of 10 students who apply for scholarships, due to insufficient available funding. Text UNCFNO to 50555 to give $25, or click here to donate today and build better futures for African American students!

Want to volunteer for a formal event or a noontime luncheon with community leaders? If you've got the time and are interested in getting behind UNCF, we'd be very happy to hear from you. Is a child you know looking for the right college? Can you contribute to keeping student aid available and academic programs strong at UNCF-member colleges or universities? UNCF New Orleans will make the connection. Contact us today to learn how you can help.

Did You Know?

UNCF New Orleans has three UNCF-member institutions in its service area:

News and Events

UNCF New Orleans is hosting its annual Walk for Education: UNCF.org/NewOrleansWalk

Register Today!


Scenes from the 2018 Mayor's Masked Ball



$1.7 Million: A Special Thank-you from UNCF New Orleans

On behalf of UNCF and the member institutions and students we serve, we would like to thank you for your generous support of the 5th Annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, held March 17. Because of your investment, together we successfully raised $1.7 million in cash and in-kind donations, which allows us to help hundreds of students at our local member institutions Dillard University and Xavier University of Louisiana.

More than 900 guests in attendance enjoyed a spectacular evening. The event represented a new paradigm in investing in our children’s futures by providing underserved students the opportunity to get a college education. Chaired by Hyatt Regency General Manager Michael O. Smith and President and General Manager of WDSU-TV Joel Vilmenay, and presenting sponsor Ochsner Health System, the event showcased our UNCF students and the commitment to education in our New Orleans community. The highlights of the evening included the engagement of our high-energy emcees, award-winning journalist Tamron Hall and comedian Jonathan Slocumb, elegant dining provided by celebrity chefs, an exciting car raffle and a stylish parade of masks, plus the great entertainment by jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan and the Grammy Hall of Fame inductees O’Jays.

We thank you for believing, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”

Mitch Landrieu, Mayor, accepts the 2018 UNCF Masked Award
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A Special Thank-you from UNCF Scholarship Recipients at the Gala


UNCF New Orleans Staff