FAIRFIELD — Hundreds of students thirsty for upper education will converge on Mount Calvary Baptist Church on Monday as the church hosts its fifth college recruitment fair.
Mount Calvary, in conjunction with the United College Action Network, will host the event that will see about 46 historically black colleges come prepared to offer qualified students a place in the upcoming year’s student body, and possibly financial aid.
“The schools come prepared to offer them admission on the spot. They offer them scholarships on the spot,” said Louise McNeill, a member of Mount Calvary and the chairwoman for the scholarship ministry. “Last year almost $3 million in scholarships (were) offered just that night.”
McNeill said the fair is held to “acquaint our young people with colleges that they would probably not be made aware of.”
Schools that plan to send recruiters include Spelman College and Clark Atlanta, both in Atlanta; Fayetteville State University in North Carolina; Florida A&M in Tallahassee, Fla.; and Albany State University in Albany, Ga.
Attending a historically black college gives students an opportunity to see a different vantage point than what they would get locally, McNeill said.
“Culturally, they are able to meet people from all walks of life,” she said.
McNeill said that despite the moniker of “historically black colleges,” she said that doesn’t mean it’s only for black students.
“These schools are becoming multiethnic,” she said. “I don’t want anyone to think that because it’s a historically black college you have to be black to go.”
About 1,200 students attended the event last year. It’s open to middle and high school students, plus students who are looking to transfer.
Seniors and transfer students should bring completed applications, transcripts, letters of recommendations and a personal essay. Transcripts do not have to be official, but admission will be conditional until an official copy is received, McNeill said.
The free event goes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Mount Calvary is located at 1735 Enterprise Drive, Building 3 in Fairfield.
To view a copy of the flier, go to the church’s website at www.mcbcfs.org. For more information, call 425-1849 or 399-2496.
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