ORANGEBURH, NJ – Verizon Wireless is partnering with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) for a scholarship essay contest that will award 25 high school students between $2,500 and $5,000 as well as Verizon products.  The Black History Month contest asks students to address “How Wireless Technology Has Changed the World We Live In.”

“It is imperative students interested in challenging and improving themselves through higher education get the support they deserve,” said Pat Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless’ NY Metro Region. “Diversity and ongoing education have always been pillars of the Verizon Wireless culture, so we’re very proud to partner with the UNCF to create these scholarships and help highly-motivated students prepare for the road ahead.”

“The 21st century economy runs on technology,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., UNCF President and CEO.  “This contest is a great incentive for students to think about how that affects all our lives and to compete for help in paying for their college education. We thank Verizon Wireless for their ongoing support of UNCF and the aspiring young leaders who depend on UNCF for help in getting the education they need and our nation needs them to have.”

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