The UNCF Empower Me Tour (EMT), a free, traveling college-and-career-readiness roadshow, is on the road and helping students get to and through college. The tour was created nine 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 personal responsibility and careers in the 21st century. “Getting students of color to and through college is an attainable goal that UNCF is making a reality through programs such as EMT,” said Paulette Jackson, vice president of national development.
Each year, UNCF-member institutions send representatives to Empower Me Tour events. Last year, nearly $4 million in scholarships were awarded by UNCF-member institutions during UNCF’s EMT.
EMT participants are given an opportunity to attend HBCU workshops with award-winning speakers, presenters, and recruiters, who often offer onsite admissions and academic scholarships on the spot. Many of the tour stops also offer parent sessions the day before the student sessions. Parents and guardians receive expert tips on how to financially prepare for their student’s higher education journey.