Oracle and UNCF are Building the Future With the Scholars of Today
In March 2002, Oracle announced an education grant to provide cash, curriculum, teacher training, certification, and technology resources to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and its 39 member institutions. The grant is a response to the Technology Enhancement Capital Campaign, launched by the UNCF to give historically black colleges and universities access to advanced teaching and learning methods, and cutting edge technology within degree programs.
Founded in 1994, The United Negro College Fund is the nation's oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization. UNCF has raised $2 billion to support its 39 member institutions and has helped more than 300,000 students earn undergraduate degrees.
Oracle's grant also funds a scholarship and internship program that helps students gain actual work experience across multiple disciplines. Kimberly Jones, a computer information systems major entering her senior year at Grambling State University, secured an eight-week internship with Oracle University with the help of the Oracle grant. Jones quickly became adept at SQL, an important programming language crucial to using an enterprise database. She also had the opportunity to create the kind of business reports and technical documentation common in today's technology driven business world.
"The eight short weeks I spent at Oracle helped me get a better feel for what I really enjoy doing and what I need to work on to reach my goals in the future," said Jones. "The technical training gained, and the project management and people skills learned are all beneficial to me in so many ways. I honestly feel that no other internship program could have offered me as much as this Oracle internship did."
Oracle remains committed to working with the United Negro College Fund to offer member college and university students an internship opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience and scholarship that provide financial support in a eight-week intensive program. "This exciting partnership with Oracle will expand career opportunities for IT majors and minors at UNCF colleges," said William H. Gray III, president of UNCF. "We are extremely appreciative of Oracle's support and commitment to expanding educational opportunities for deserving young men and women."