This annual walk is important because it makes education accessible to everyone by eliminating financial barriers for deserving students.
"It felt good to get away from the gym for a day and at the same time give back to the community where I grew up," said Seth Shannon, sophomore majoring in English, and member of the 2012-2013 Bleu Devils basketball team.
Shannon was fortunate to grow up less than five minutes from Audubon Park and understands the challenges in today's society for college students.
"I was on an academic scholarship at my previous school in Texas, and I'm receiving something similar here at Dillard," said Shannon. "No matter what the scholarship is for, every little bit helps, and we should continue to do good things like this to help improve our community and promote education, especially in my hometown of New Orleans."
The United Negro College Fund, better known as UNCF, offers scholarships to deserving students and helps to keep its member schools' tuition affordable.
Almost every school in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference is affiliated with UNCF, which provides these HBCU's with a range of support like operating resources, student scholarships and institutional improvement support that enables schools like these to keep academic programs strong.
UNCF awards over 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low and moderate income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board. For more information on UNCF, or how to donate, visit http://www.uncf.org/.
*Photo provided by H. Keleta