Virginia

McAuliffe to host United Negro College Fund luncheon

BrightFarms CEO Paul Lightfoot, left, meets Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Todd Haymore, center, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the greenhouse farm in the Elkwood  area of Culpeper county, Va. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. BrightFarms is investing $7.35 million to build two new greenhouses. Governor McAuliffe approved a $75,000 grant from the Fund to assist with the project, which Culpeper County is matching with $75,000 in local grant funds. (Peter Cihelka/The Free Lance-Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

BrightFarms CEO Paul Lightfoot, left, meets Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Todd Haymore, center, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the greenhouse farm in the Elkwood area of Culpeper county, Va. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. BrightFarms is investing $7.35 million to build two new greenhouses. Governor McAuliffe approved a $75,000 grant from the Fund to assist with the project, which Culpeper County is matching with $75,000 in local grant funds. (Peter Cihelka/The Free Lance-Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to host an event for the United Negro College Fund.

The fund’s Washington-area office is holding the Virginia Governor’s Luncheon on Tuesday in Arlington for business, civil and education leaders.

The goal of the luncheon is to increase diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The UNCF says it is reaching out to the Northern Virginia business community to stress the need for increased diversity in growing industries such as health care, financial services and information technology.

The UNCF supports 37 historically black colleges and universities and awards more than 10,000 scholarships each year to students.

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