MCPS 13th Annual HBCU Fair Set for Feb. 12, 13

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are teaming up to present the 13th annual – and first virtual – HBCU College Fair.

The free college-readiness events kick off on Friday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. with on-the-spot admission and scholarship interviews for 12th-grade students. The fair itself, along with various workshops, is to be held Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m where all students grades 8-12 are encouraged to attend.

A panel of representatives from more than 60 Historical Black College Universities (HBCUs) will be in attendance sharing information and answering questions for students and parents regarding admissions, financial aid, and more. FAFSA completion assistance, scholarship information, and further college preparation discussions will be offered through Saturday’s workshops.

Each year the fair provides the opportunity for high school seniors to walk away the same day with a college acceptance or even a scholarship. This has made the fair one of the most highly-anticipated MCPS events of each year, with over 1,000 participants expected to attend this year, and over 1,5000 students and families who attended last year’s 12th Annual HBCU Fair. According to Dr. Karen Crews, event coordinator and Director of Student Well-Being and Achievement at MCPS, almost $4 million worth of scholarships were given out at the fair in 2019.

The fair allows for not only an exciting opportunity for aspiring students to engage with top universities including Howard University, Spelman College, and more, but celebrates the unique experience of HBCU student life.

More information and links to register can be found on the MCPS Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair webpage.

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