From March 3rd through the 6th, representatives from 25 HBCUs within the Southern region will meet with Shelby County Schools (SCS) juniors and seniors during a four-day mobile college fair. The HBCU Awareness Foundation, along with SchoolSeed, is presenting the fair.
Ten high schools are being targeted for the fair. Students who are interested in post-secondary education will have the chance to meet with various HBCUs and potentially be admitted on-site to their institution.
Traditional college fairs require students to travel to a particular venue to receive assistance from college representatives. But with the mobile tour, students will enjoy the comfort of HBCUs coming to them.
Things will kick off on March 3rd at both Central and Booker T. Washington. Students will get a chance to sit down and talk with HBCU representatives about college, share any questions or concerns, have their transcript reviewed, and be potentially recruited.
The following day (March 4th), students from Douglas, Craigmont, and Kingsbury High Schools will get their chance to speak with the college representatives. High schoolers at both Kirby and Southwind will talk with representatives from the various HBCUs on March 5th.
On the evening of March 5th, a college fair open to the public will take place at Oak Court Mall. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., HBCU recruiters will meet and talk to Memphians about college and assist them with any inquiries.
The four-day college fair will culminate on March 6th. Students interested in higher education at Whitehaven, Oakhaven, and East High will get the opportunity to speak with college representatives and possibly be admitted to a HBCU.
“HBCUs have produced some stellar individuals,” said Corey Allen, founder of the HBCU Awareness Foundation, in a statement. “Common, who recently won an Academy Award, is a graduate of Florida A&M. Oprah Winfrey is a graduate of Tennessee State. The next Thurgood Marshall could emerge from this opportunity. My overall goal is to increase awareness of HBCUs and to also provide additional options for selecting a college.”
Aside from Tennessee State, Tuskegee, Florida A&M, and Grambling State, other HBCUs participating in the college fair include: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Claflin State University, Dillard University, Fort Valley State University, Jackson State University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Lincoln (MO) University, Mississippi Valley State University, Philander Smith University, Rust College, Southern University, Tennessee State University, Tougaloo College, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and Wilberforce University.
Additional sponsors of the college fair are Leadership Memphis, SCS, and Streets Ministries.
By Louis Goggans