Students Receive Over $1.3 Million in Scholarships at Black College Expo

Posted: Wednesday, February 7th 2018


San Diego High School Senior Khalayla was just one of the many San Diego Unified students that walked away with thousands of dollars in scholarship money, as well as multiple acceptance letters from the colleges on hand at the expo.

Representatives from 26 historically black colleges and universities were on hand to consult with San Diego students about their higher education options at the Black College Expo, a unique event that awarded over $1.3 million dollars in schoalrship money to students on Tuesday.

Howard University, Southern A&M University and Wiley College were among the institutions that featured booths at the Town and Country San Diego in the Regency Ballroom.

“We believe in the academic potential of all our students to graduate ready for college, a career, and the community they will inhabit. The Black College Expo offered students the chance to put their college plans in place. That is why we are so grateful for the partnership with the County Office of Education and the National College Resources Foundation to make this event a reality.” said San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten.

Organized by the National College Resources Foundation, the Black College Expo is co-sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego Unified School District.

"Our whole mission is to make sure kids are prepared for the next stage of life after leaving our schools," said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "That includes making sure they're exposed to a multitude of options for college. The Black College Expo is a unique opportunity for us to connect students with colleges and universities that could unlock their future success."

“For many students, college is the only on-ramp to the opportunity highway of the 21st century,” said Joe Johnson, dean of San Diego State University’s College of Education. “It is wonderful that our local district leaders are providing this unique opportunity to help students pursue post-secondary education.”

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