The Black College Expo is back on the road, stopping in five different states. On March 14, the BCE and the National College Resources Foundation, made its way to Bowie, Md. to host their 16th annual expo.
Bowie State University’s gymnasium filled with hundreds of students from all over, some with their parents, to find out the next step towards their career path. Colleges and universities from around the world were present seeking prospective students for their schools. Institutions in attendance included Morgan State University, Howard University, North Carolina A&T, Lincoln University, Alabama State, Delaware State University, Florida A&M and others. With over 50 schools to choose, students roamed the gym like children in a candy store, looking at what different booths had to offer.
Some colleges accepted students on the spot. Scholarships were also awarded. Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarship gave one lucky student a $6,200 scholarship.
There were also informative seminars on college preparation topics including ‘Surviving Your 1st Year of College,’ ‘Student Athletes,’ and ‘Finding Money for College’ among others.
“We’re helping people find pathways,” National College Resources Foundation Founder and Executive Director Theresa Price told the AFRO. “We’re giving them light to a road so they can be successful.”
A Step Show hosted by Hip-Hop Icon YoYo followed the long day of college searching. There were a variety of performances including step teams, popular musical group ‘4EY’ and BSU’s own Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. DJ Angie Ange from WKYS stopped by to support the students learning about college. “I loved the performances and the fact that everybody came out to figure out which college they want to attend,” YoYo told the AFRO. “Education is really important.”
National College Resources/The College Expo is a program started to help college-bound students, college students, and college graduates.
“I expect these kids to make connections, network, and meet new friends, find new ideas, and be inspired to do more. I expect them to excel and elevate to another level. Hopefully they will open up their mind to be free and to look at everything,” said Price.
The Expo ended with music group 4EY The Future performing their hit single “Scoot Ova,” which was a fan favorite with the audience. Females of all ages ran to the stage in excitement as the group put on a show they would never forget.