More than 500 high school students from across San Diego County connected with representatives from more than 30 historically black colleges and universities, as well as UC and Cal State schools, at the Fifth Annual San Diego Black College Expo college fair on Feb. 17.
There were thousands of dollars in scholarships awarded and many students were accepted on the spot to one or more colleges.
Students from districts across San Diego County attended the in-person event, including from SDCOE’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) and Monarch School.
The free event was organized by the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education to bring opportunities for students in the region.
“Our mission is to make sure every child gets what they need and deserve and this expo helps fulfill that mission,” said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools. “Hundreds of students had the opportunity to learn about colleges they may not have been familiar with, gain acceptance on the spot, get assistance with financial aid applications, and earn scholarships. All in one place. It was a tremendous day.”
Multiple seminars were offered on topics including how to find money for college, differences between high school and college, and why attend a historically black college and university. Assistance on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid was also available throughout the expo.
“The San Diego County Office of Education has been our partner for over five years. Dr. Gothold, JCCS Executive Director Tracy Thompson, and the SDCOE team are on a mission like NCRF to change trajectories of underserved students’ lives and it’s so exciting to be on this mission together,” says NCRF founder Dr. Theresa Price.
The Black College Expo was developed more than 20 years ago to empower underrepresented students and help them with access to higher education. NCRF has helped over 500,000 students get into college, and helped students connect with over 1 billion dollars in scholarships and grants.