UNCF Koch Scholars Program awards scholarships to college students

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The United Negro College Fund is celebrating a three-year partnership with Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation through the UNCF Koch Scholars Program.

The $25-million commitment created the UNCF Koch Scholars Program, which provides scholarships to African American students interested in entrepreneurship, innovation and economics.

"UNCF's motto is a mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in," said Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF President and CEO. "We're glad that Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation affirmed that and are investing in UNCF."

The program awards up to $20,000 scholarships over four years. Over the span of the program, more than 3,000 students have applied and more than 160 scholars have been accepted. One of those recipients is Marshall Johnson of Wichita. Johnson is a sophomore at Wichita State University, pursuing a degree in real estate finance and economics.

"UNCF and Koch scholarship and this partnership means a lot for me and it can mean a lot for many students in the future," said Johnson.

In addition to the celebration, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell hosted the inaugural UNCF Wichita Mayor's Luncheon fundraiser to benefit UNCF. 

To learn more about the UNCF Koch Scholars Program, click here.

To learn more about other UNCF scholarship opportunities, click here.