NEW YORK STATE SENATOR SHIRLEY L. HUNTLEY WELCOMES BLACK COLLEGE EXPO TO NEW YORK
-- "Students have the opportunity to get ACCEPTED on the SPOT" --
(BlackNews.com) -- New York State Senator Shirley L. Huntley Welcomes the Black College Expo(BCE) to New York to help students and their families with the college admission process. The expo will take place on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11451, 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.
The day's events culminate with scholarship presentations to deserving students, a Greek Step Show and surprise celebrity guests hosted by Actor/Comedian Kel Mitchell from the Nickelodeon sitcom "Keenan & Kel". Senator Huntley will be on hand to present scholarship awards. "Being a true believer in education, I'm excited to take part in such a valuable event that helps so many of our young people pursue their dreams of going to college," says Huntley.
The Black College Expo, visits five to seven cities annually including Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Washington, DC/Maryland and New York, now in its 13th season, has helped to increase college enrollment tremendously, in some cases close to 50% at some HBCUs.
National sponsors for the 2011-2012 BCE include: Wells Fargo, KFC, Internal Revenue Service, Edison International, Nix Financial/Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Black Enterprise, Upscale Magazine, Union Bank, CVS/pharmacy, Black Enterprise and New Image Global.
For additional information about the BCE, tickets, scholarship program, or exhibitor and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact our corporate office at: (877) 427-4100 or please visit the website at www.thecollegeexpo.org.