The fourth annual College Round-Up is scheduled for March 10 at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, N.C., where students can meet with representatives from more than 20 post-secondary institutions.

The College Round-Up, sponsored by The Black Heritage Museum & Cultural Center in Tarboro, has grown into a day-long event attracting about 2,400 students, parents, guardians, and educators from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Colorado, California, and Washington, D.C.

The goal, say organizers, is to make post-secondary advancement an accessible target for high school students who are not always reached by college and professional school recruiters. The Black Heritage Center, on its website, states it has zeroed in on helping “children get into college who have been marginalized by our current educational systems.”

The center also noted that throughout the school year it “helps prepare high school students and high school dropouts for college.”

Program director Fay Smith told the Daily Southerner that the event has broadened from the original cluster of admissions directors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “This year we have extended our invitation to other schools. We have the Brody School of Medicine (at East Carolina University), Chowan College, Barton College and Wesleyan College,” she said.

In addition, she noted, business professionals from the Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area will be on hand to provide advice on careers and major fields of study, teen pregnancy and will even conduct workshops on domestic violence and gang violence.

D.C. students who wish to participate must fill out a registration form and send a copy of their high school transcript to the Office of Youth Programs. They can either transmit it by fax at 202-347-3040, or email to abrew@dccouncil.us. Students under the age of 18 will need to provide a signed permission form from a parent or guardian. All documents must be received by the close of business on March 2.

The Black Heritage Museum & Cultural Center’s College Roundup programs has helped more than 2,000 students attend college.

Colleges and universities are not charged for their participation, but they are asked to waive admission application fees for the day of the conference, in addition to having representatives from the admissions and financial aid offices available to meet with prospective students.
Students are asked to bring multiple copies of their high school transcripts and college admission test scores. Some students may be able to complete the application process and receive an answer the same day. Several of the colleges and universities also will offer scholarships and other financial assistance.

On-site registration begins at 8 a.m.; programs begin at 9 a.m.

For details, visit www.bhmacc.org.