Launched in 2017 by the Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Shorecrest Preparatory School, the Tampa Bay Area's only HBCU College Fair has expanded into a three-day event series from September 12-15 themed HBCU College Fair Reunion Weekend. The weekend culminates with the third annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair from 1-4pm on Sunday, September 15, at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg.
The Reunion Weekend includes a movie screening and discussion on Thursday, the Champions of Children Hearts Afire (COCHA) Awards Luncheon on Saturday, and the HBCU College Fair on Sunday.
Thursday, September 12
Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Movie preview and discussion
6pm at the Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Free with registration
Saturday, September 14
Champions of Children Hearts Afire (COCHA) Awards Luncheon
11am at Shorecrest Preparatory School, 5101 1st St., NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Tickets - $45 adults, $22.50 child
Sunday, September 15
HBCU College Fair
1-4pm at Shorecrest Preparatory School, 5101 1st St., NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Free with registration
During the college fair event, attendees will have the opportunity to speak to alumni and admissions reps from colleges and universities, as well as to talk with dedicated experts about general college-related topics including the college admissions process, financial aid, scholarships, Greek life, and more.
The inaugural college fair featured college recruiters and alumni representing over 30 HBCUs including Howard University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Fisk University, Tennessee State, Edward Waters College, Florida Memorial and Florida A&M University. More than 300 guests attended to meet with the schools. Now in their third year, the event leaders expect event attendance to grow yet again.
"As an HBCU alumnus, I know that unique college experience strongly influenced my career choice and passion for education," says Roderick Fludd, Shorecrest Director of Diversity and Inclusion. "We at Shorecrest are proud to offer this event, not just to African American families, but to all families in our community who are exploring their options for higher education."
For more information about HBCU College Fair Reunion events, email HBCUSCJJC@gmail.com
or call 727-238-5357.
The HBCU College Fair Reunion Weekend is sponsored by the Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in partnership with the St. Petersburg (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, AKA AKAdemy, The Make it Out Foundation, members of the Divine Nine, Pruitt Marketing and Promotions, and Shorecrest Preparatory School.Additional event details and registration are available online at https://www.2019hbcufair.eventbrite.com/