UNCF receives $50,000 grant from Bayer Fund

Donation to help expand UNCF STEM initiatives through scholarships

United Negro College Fund received a grant for $50,000 from Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Whippany-based Bayer. This grant will support a Bayer Fund STEM Scholarship Program for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, which UNCF will administer.

In accepting the Bayer Fund grant, Ngozi Emenyeonu, area development director, UNCF, noted, “This grant will not only provide support to our organization, but also the community we serve by allowing us to expand our STEM initiatives and provide opportunities to increase the percentage of African American students who will be better prepared to have careers in the STEM field.”

“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, president of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help to improve the quality of life for people in our communities, and we believe education is the great equalizer to overcome the many inequities and obstacles that many kids in underresourced communities face.”

In 2020, Bayer Fund awarded more than $17 million to over 3,400 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $80 million.