San Juan Unified hosts annual HBCU Recruitment Fair
The annual United College Action Network, Inc.'s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Recruitment Fair took place on the afternoon of Sept. 12 at El Camino Fundamental High School. San Juan Unified high school juniors and seniors met with top college and university representatives from across the nation and overseas.
HBCU representatives conducted interviews and handed out college admissions letters to students on the spot. Scholarships to qualified students were also awarded.
“Just to know that we can have that type of impact on students’ lives just really means a lot,” said Jared Harris, admissions counselor for Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Paloma Blackwell-Chang, a student at Mira Loma High School, was one of the many event attendees who received university acceptance letters and the offer of a scholarship.
“I got accepted into Bethune Cookman University, Tuskegee, Grambling, Dillard,” she said. “I got a scholarship from Langston University, as well.”
Blackwell-Chang was excited to have attended the event.
“I’m just really excited to be here,” she said. “I’m glad this program is here for us.”
Dominic Ferguson, an Encina High School Preparatory senior, received a fee waiver for a scholarship for football and for the school.
“I’m juiced,” he said, “Cause my brother might also be going too. We could both play for the same football team. It’s a dream.”
The HBCU Recruitment Fair was well attended. There were 52 students who received college acceptance letters and 144 applications were completed.