Your chance to join thousands of students exploring the
exciting opportunities after high school at Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs) is around the corner; the Indianapolis Black Alumni
Council (IBAC) is hosting the 36th
annual HBCU
College Fair at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School.
On Thursday, October 1, from 6-9 p.m., you’re invited to
join the 3,000 students and family members expected to meet representatives
from more than 65 HBCUs to learn about the enrollment and scholarship
opportunities at these impressive institutions
!

The event is part of the Circle City Classic festivities and
features a valuable initiative for students – the Scholarship Opportunity
Network. This is an initiative for seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 or above
and are interested in exploring opportunities at HBCUs. These students will
receive a chance to interview with recruiters for potential scholarships and
admission to HBCUs.

Paying for college isn’t easy, and the IBAC wants to help
you reach your full potential at the right school for you. In addition to potential
scholarships from the universities, the IBAC will be awarding scholarships as
well. Indianapolis students have received more than $100,000 in scholarships
from the IBAC.

So why would HBCUs be important college options for our
students to explore? These universities are rich in tradition, history, and
culture; HBCUs are known for building confidence and fostering success through
dedicated instructors, peer mentors, and a supportive group of peers who share
similar backgrounds and cultural experiences.

Many HBCU students are carrying on a family legacy, while
others are new to the community and are carrying on the torch for mentors,
teachers or friends. IPS students who seek out the HBCU experience follow in
the footsteps of numerous IPS leaders. Many teachers
and administrators, including Crispus Attucks Assistant Principal Ricardo Reid,
attended HBCUs. Mr. Reid is enjoying the opportunity to host the College
Fair at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School:

“As a proud North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State
University alum, it is especially rewarding to host the fair at
Crispus Attucks to provide students a glimpse at all HBCUs can
offer,” said Reid. “Since completing my undergraduate and graduate
studies at North Carolina A&T, I often share with our students the variety
of high-quality degree opportunities available to them and what it means to
have ‘Aggie Pride.’ NCA&T consistently graduates the largest number
of African American engineers and has a long tradition of producing national
leaders, including the late astronaut Dr. Ronald E. McNair, civil rights
activist Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and his son, U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
 I encourage
our students and others in the Indianapolis area to come out next week
to learn more about my alma mater as well as the other exciting opportunities
that comprise the HBCU experience.”

“I longed to attend an HBCU when I was looking ahead to
life after high school,” said Crispus Attucks Principal Lauren Franklin. “This
is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn about the amazing options
at our nation’s HBCUs; since these campuses are not concentrated in the
Midwest, HBCUs aren’t always in the forefront of students’ minds. This fair
will help our scholars discover the cultural and educational opportunities
these schools offer.”

Before you attend the fair, it may be helpful to check out some of your
potential opportunities first. The IBAC has a list of every HBCU along with
contact information and school websites 
here. Students interested in attending the
College Fair are encouraged to register at the IBAC link 
here.
We’ll see you at the fair; we look forward to continuing this partnership with
the IBAC to ensure IPS is well-represented in the next generation of HBCU
alumni!