*Diamond Bar, CA — The Black College Expo will return once again to DC/Maryland for a eighth year. The expo will take place on Saturday, November 12th, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Reckord Armory, with an after-show from 3-5 p.m. The mission this year is to provide on-the-spot resources to help students and their families realize their dream of going to college and becoming successful students.
One of the main seminar topics is “The Parent University”, where parents will learn how to get funding for a college education via financial aid. BCE and The Scholarship Academy have been responsible for close to 3 million dollars in scholarships to students. Students will meet with various colleges, including 30+ historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 11th and 12th grade students will have the opportunity to get accepted on the spot and get scholarships too.
The Black College Expo and its non-profit arm, National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), is a full service student and parent outreach program geared towards underrepresented youth and their families to curtail the high school drop out rate (currently at 30.1% nationally, according to EPE Research Center 2008) and to increase the college graduation rate among underrepresented and underserved groups. The organization provides services which connect students directly to colleges; scholarships; offers tutorial support; assisting student athletes secure athletic scholarships; and connect students to internship and career opportunities.
“Our goal is to do all we can to make college a reality for more of our youth and guide them toward positive career choices,” says founder, Theresa Price.
Black College Expo collaborates with Reversing Realities, EGOS, College is Cool, and Black Male Agenda to create a “infotainment” atmosphere to engage students with education and entertainment. KFC Colonel Scholars will be hand to share information about their collaboration with Black College Expo and the 1.5 million scholarship program.
The Black College Expo, visits five to seven cities annually including Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C/Maryland. Now in its eleventh year, BCE has helped to increase college enrollment tremendously, in some cases by as much as 50% at some HBCUs, according to college recruiters. NCR Foundation/Black College Expo has helped over 250,000 get into college.
National sponsors for the 2011 BCE include: KFC, Internal Revenue Service, Edison International, Black Enterprise, Upscale Magazine, Union Bank, CVS/pharmacy, US Bank, Wells Fargo and Sempra Energy.
For additional information about the BCE, tickets, scholarship program, or exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, please contact our corporate offices at: (877) 427-4100 or please visit our website at www.thecollegeexpo.org