Perhaps there is no better location than to hold the 40th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair at IPS’ historic Crispus Attucks High School. Both entities were born out of a need to expose African-American students to the best education possible.

The first HBCUs were established as early as the 1800s and were — for many years — the only higher education institutions accessible to African Americans. HBCUs produced, and continue to produce, some of the world’s most esteemed Pulitzer Prize novelists, civil rights activists, politicians, engineers, physicians, and global entrepreneurs, to list a few.

This year, the Indianapolis Black Alumni Council (IBAC) will host the annual HBCU College Fair for more than 3,000 students and parents who represent high schools from across central Indiana, and beyond.

Attendees will be exposed to colleges and universities throughout the country and will have the opportunity to speak with recruiters about intended majors, extracurricular activities and campus programming. Additionally, students will be able to obtain guidance on completing financial-aid forms and applying for scholarships.

Seniors with an unweighted 3.0 or higher GPA will be invited to the HBCU Scholarship Opportunity Network to apply for and potentially walk away with a scholarship. Students who meet this criteria should seek more information from their high school counselor. In 2018, colleges and universities awarded more than $5 million in scholarships.

“It is important that parents and students get the facts about HBCUs at the fair. The HBCUs have higher graduation rates and students graduate with less debt,” says Robert Henderson, IBAC president. “It is also key that our students are exposed to leaders in their professions. This fair will do just that.”

Beginning Monday, Sept. 23, students and parents can attend several events during the week:

  • Sept. 23: Scholarship and Student Aid Webinar
  • Sept. 25: United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarship Workshop, Pike Freshman Center, 6801 Zionsville Road; 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 26: HBCU College Fair at Crispus Attucks High School, 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St.; 6 to 9 p.m. Students canclick hereto register for the fair.
  • Sept. 27: HBCU Scholarship Opportunity Network at Crispus Attucks High School, 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St.; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This event is invitation only.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend the events with their parent or guardian. For more information about the IBAC College Fair and activities, click here.