In an effort to get more Black students enrolled in college, the Kappa Epsilon Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Eta Zeta chapter at Bowie State University hosted a college fair on Nov. 12. “We service the community to encourage students to not just complete high school but to go ahead and further their education in the high education field,” Leon Reynolds, an Alpha member and co-chair of the career fair, told the AFRO.

Parents and students browse through tables at the career fair to speak with various colleges, universities and
academic and military organizations from across the country. (Courtesy Photo)

The 11th Annual “Go to High School – Go to College” College Fair was held at the Southern Recreation Center in Fort Washington, Md. The fair included HBCUs, private and public colleges, military academies, trade schools, and more for students to speak with and learn from.

“It’s great to be here . . . it’s an annual event and it’s always huge. We have over a 100 colleges and universities here and 1,500-2,000 students registered, and this is a great event,” Prince George’s Council Member Mel Franklin (D-District 9) said.

Parents listen to a seminar on getting financial aid to pay college tuitions. (Courtesy Photo)

Colleges participating in the fair, included Alabama A & M, Cornell University, Duke University, Hampton University, Morehouse College, St. Augustine College, Towson University, University of Hawaii, Virginia Tech, and Xavier University of Louisiana. “We specialize in degrees that lead to careers in the fashion interior and entertainment,” a recruiter from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles told the AFRO. “We’re here today at the college and career fair to allow the students to see what’s available for them on the West Coast.”

Major areas of concern including the Common Application, FAFSA, scholarships, and housing were also addressed by some of the representatives.

“Today, I’m at the college fair and I had a great experience. I talked to a lot of colleges. I am most interested in the University of Maryland and I plan to major in business management,” Maimouna Diarra, a senior at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale, Md., said.