Nearly 150 D.C. students, parents and school faculty embarked on the annual College Round-Up in Tarboro, N.C., led by Councilmember Kwame R. Brown.
This marks the third year that Brown has escorted D.C. high school students to the event, where many students received on-the-spot offers from many Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
"What's important now is that we celebrate the students who overcame overwhelming odds to get into college," Councilmember Brown said in a press release. "This year's Round-Up is one more example of District students exceeding expectations, embracing their future and serving as a shining example to their peers and classmates."
The College Round-Up, a unique admissions fair, waives application fees and allows graduating seniors to apply to multiple schools in a short period of time. The program is designed to assist underprivileged students in obtaining higher education.
Brown kicked off the event with an education rally at the joint location of the Ideal Academy Public Charter School and the Kamit Institute for Magnificent Achievers Public School in N.W. D.C. At the rally, educators, parents and students discussed the importance of higher education.
Public and public charter school students also attended a financial aid workshop, where guest speakers Herbert Tillery of the DC College Success Foundation, Ken Howard from the office of the state superintendent for education and Anwan "Big G" Glover from HBO's "The Wire" outlined and discussed the steps to applying for financial aid.
"No D.C. student should ever think, 'I'm not college material,' Brown said. "We need to remind them there are so many opportunities out there. Sometimes college is just a bus trip away."