For the second year in a row, UB LPP took a group of 12th grade students to the annual Rochester Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Last years group of seniors from Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts not only attended the event but several of them walked away with college acceptances as well as scholarships. This years cohort also had students that learned they had been admitted to a University with scholarship dollars accompanied.
Each of the 17 seniors on the trip from BAVPA are participants in UB LPP's college process program, which educates and aids students on college related topics such as applying to school, selecting majors, completing financial aid/scholarship applications and enrollment. The 2016-17 cohort of UB LPP seniors each successfully enrolled in college, many of whom received scholarships to offset the cost of attendance.
The Rochester HBCU College Fair is in its fourth year and continues to grow. This year's attendance was the highest since it's inception, attracting over 1,200 local high school students to the Convention Center. While there, students were able to learn more about 30 HBCUs and also interview with college reps, many of whom offered on-site admissions. In addition to the fair, attendees participated in panel discussions surrounding paying for college, special male- and female-only sessions and lunch.
The students were first greeted by corporate sponsors and Rochester city officials responsible for hosting this event, including Mayor Lovely Warren.
As the only Buffalo-area students in attendance, our UB LPP participants appreciated being able to get away from school to focus solely on the college process ahead of them. They also enjoyed learning more about HBCUs and the opportunities they present to all students.