Registration Open for Virtual HBCU Awareness College Fair

A privation donate will allow hundreds of Little Rock students to attend for free.

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The City of Little Rock has announced 500 openings for a virtual college fair that brings together 28 historically black colleges and universities from around the country. During next week’s event, students can ask questions, gather more information and possibly receive on-the-spot scholarship offers as they prepare to start their higher education journey.

A private donation and $350 from the West Central Community Center’s concessions revenue will cover the cost of 500 Little Rock students to attend the virtual event, according to a press release. To attend for free, students must sign up with the city. After entering basic information for city records, including school name, students will be directed to to share detailed information such as GPA and phone numbers where college recruiters can reach them.

The HBCU Awareness Foundation College Fair was hosted at Little Rock’s West Central Community Center for the first time in March 2019 after being held annually in eastern Arkansas. The HBCU Awareness Foundation College Fair was a virtual event in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Upon registration, students will receive the log-in information for the Hopin platform which allows students to go into virtual booths, watch live presentations and chat with recruiters.

Included among the 28 HBCUs are Arkansas institutions: Arkansas Baptist College, Philander Smith College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The event will is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mar. 12. Registration will remain open until  8 a.m. Mar. 12 or until the 500 slots are filled, whichever comes first.