Welcome to the UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball!!! It is premier fundraising gala and major social event focusing on raising awareness of the need and benefits of a college education, the students UNCF serves and the contributions of historically Black colleges and universities.
UNCF was founded in 1944 on the belief that there is strength in numbers—that HBCUs ought to make a joint effort to appeal for funds—as well as the belief that education was crucial to black mobility. At the start, UNCF served 27 member colleges and universities, totaling 12,000 students.
Today, as the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to students of color, UNCF awards more than $83 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities each year. In our 78-plus years, we’ve raised more than $5 billion to help more than half a million students earn college degrees.
Diversity matters and fuels growth, and our institutions and students are key components to national economic growth that enables better futures for all Americans.
Phoenix Leadership Solutions Founder, Maria Moss, enjoyed the distinct honor of attending the UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball Fundraiser! As a first year attendee it was awe inspiring to see the leaders of tomorrow share how this fund has changed the trajectory of their lives and their families lives. As we build leaders, we need to focus on every opportunity to support diversity and growth.