Stanardsville, Virginia, High School Senior Among Winners Of Verizon Wireless/United Negro College Fund Essay Contest

STANARDSVILLE, VA — When high school senior Lauren Mann graduates next month from Stanardsville’s William Monroe High School, she’ll walk away with more than just a diploma. As one of the winners of a Verizon Wireless/United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Black History Month essay contest, Mann will receive more than $5,000 worth of scholarship funds and technology gifts. The contest, which required high school seniors to submit an essay about how the evolution of wireless technology has changed the world, was open to students planning to attend a four-year college this fall.

The UNCF reviewed all submissions and selected three winners in the Virginia, Washington and Maryland region. Mann, who will attend the University of Maryland, University College, in the fall, is the first place winner. At a ceremony at William Monroe High School on Friday, June 3, Mann will be presented with her scholarship as well as the technology to help with her studies – an HP Mini 311 Netbook and a DROID X by Motorola smartphone.

“As education and diversity are pillars of the Verizon Wireless culture, we are excited to partner with UNCF once again to offer scholarships to help dedicated, motivated students like Lauren prepare for bright futures,” said Mike Maiorana, president, Verizon Wireless, Virginia, Maryland, DC Region. “We’re honored to provide these students with scholarships and devices that will help them further their education at leading four-year colleges.”

“In recent years, wireless technology has become a much more integral and important part of our society,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., UNCF president and CEO. “We thank Verizon Wireless for their continued support of UNCF and for investing in the next generation of leaders who will become our nation’s future scientists, teachers, business executives, doctors and lawyers.”

This Black History Month Essay Contest is one of a variety of educational and diversity programs supported by Verizon Wireless. With a diverse workforce of over 81,000, Verizon Wireless drives workplace diversity by establishing programs to encourage the hiring and advancement of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

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About UNCFUNCF – the United Negro College Fund – is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 39 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 18 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at