Oracle Supports United Negro College Fund

Oracle proudly sponsored the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) 23rd Annual Frederick D. Patterson Gala and Awards event in Oakland, California on February 11, 2012. This event recognizes corporations, individuals, and volunteers who help students realize their educational goals at historically black colleges and universities, as well as other colleges throughout the United States.

McKinley Baker, a Finance major from Morehouse College, a historically black college in Augusta, Georgia, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to matriculate from Morehouse—a school with a legacy of producing African-American leaders. "At Morehouse, I was pushed to achieve my highest potential, both personally and professionally," Baker said. "I also received tremendous support and opportunities to build networks that are important career launching pads." As a result, Baker has a job awaiting him upon graduation with a leading San Francisco Bay Area company.

Oracle was recognized at the event for our ongoing support of UNCF. Paul H. Lake, senior director of Oracle Cloud Enablement and Compliance Services, commented, "Oracle has a 10-year history of financial commitment to UNCF that includes software donations, support for computer science education, and internships that help students ready themselves for IT careers. A number of interns have joined Oracle full-time at the end of their internships."

Once such intern is Nadia Gruny, a graduate of South Carolina State University. Nadia's Oracle internship sparked in her a desire to pursue a master's degree in business administration. "My summer internship with Oracle inspired me to learn more about business, so I enrolled in a two-year MBA program shortly after my internship ended. When I graduated, I reached out to some of the Oracle employees that I met during my internship. There was a position open that I was qualified for and I was hired as a full-time Oracle employee in 2008. This year I celebrate my five-year anniversary with Oracle and I couldn't be happier."