Representatives from 28 historically black colleges and universities from all over the country arrived to Fresno City College on Feb. 14 to recruit students and inform them about the scholarships and programs they offer.
This was the second year this event took place. It was organized by Rodney Murphy, a student service counselor and member of the IDILE/SYMBAA program.
“We did it last year and we got $270,000 worth of scholarships given out and we are bringing it back this year to give more students the opportunity,” Murphy said.
IDILE/SYMBAA organized the event to inform the students about black colleges and universities. The California Community Colleges Transfer Office Programs make the process of transferring easier for the students of different community colleges to a HBCU.
There were colleges and universities from all over the country that participated with the CCC Transfer Office Program, like the Florida Memorial University and Wiley College in Texas, and also colleges and universities that do not form part of the program, like Harris-Stowe State University in Missouri.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities are schools that were founded by African-Americans, but the diversity varies in their schools. These schools are known for having amazing academic programs, as well as athletic and music programs.
“We are going to look into bringing them in twice a year,” Murphy said. “So students that cannot make it in the fall can make it in the spring.”
Around 150 Fresno City College students, and even some high school students, attended the event this year, more students are expected to join them the following year.