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Local student competes for Miss National UNCF

FMU junior Keyandra Berry sets out to represent South Florida

Ashley Montgomery | 11/21/2013, 9 a.m.
Keyandra Berry

Keyandra Berry, a junior at the historic Florida Memorial University [FMU] hailing from South Florida, is preparing to compete in the 2013-2014 Miss National United Negro College Fund [UNCF] Scholarship Pageant next February. Berry is majoring in music with a concentration in business and upon graduation she plans use her education with Teach for America for two years while going for her master’s degree in business. Berry says that the pageant grants her the chance to gain recognition for her philanthropic works, gaining funds for those who lack financial assistance to get a higher learning education.

Berry currently has a 3.6 GPA and is seeking the public’s help in achieving the title. There will be 38 other contestants from the remaining UNCF endorsed Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCU] competing alongside her.

The young woman who raises the most funds on or before Dec. 17 will take the crown and become Miss National UNCF. The donations raised go towards the UNCF scholarship fund.

With the help of independent fundraising sites, word-of-mouth and good faith Berry is hoping that the South Florida community will financially support her.

“So far, I have put together sponsorship packages that I have sent out to local companies and I am getting the campus involved by giving out pledge and dollar envelopes,” she said.

“Being crowned Miss UNCF would be more than an honor — it would be an overflowing, full circle blessing because I could use it to bless so many others.”

Last year’s pageant, Miss UNCF from Wiley College in Texas, raised $36,140 towards the scholarship. This sets the bar high for Berry and her fellow contenders.

“FMU is the only HBCU in South Florida so we need to do everything to stay UNCF affiliated,” Berry said.

Berry says that with your support and assistance she can show how much the region values education and is willing to financially assist future college attendees.

“I am confident that I will represent South Florida and my university with this capacity of leadership and servitude,” she said.

To support Berry, go to gofundme.com/keyandramissnationailuncf.