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The 12th Annual Alfred Street Baptist Church HBCU College Festival

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“What are the requirements for admittance to Johnson C. Smith University?” several students asked at T.C. Williams High School. “I’m interested in sports management. Does Johnson C. Smith University offer that?” Many students visited the JCSU table and were interested in other majors such including psychology, physical therapy, education and media arts.

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Johnson C. Smith University requires a 2.5 minimum grade point average, a 17 on the ACT or a minimum 800 score (combined math and verbal) on the SAT,” said Johnson C. Smith University’s Director of Admissions James Buller who answered questions about the University in addition to conducting on site admissions.

On Feb. 2, 2013 the Alfred Street Baptist Church hosted its 12th annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) festival at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. The fair was founded by Ms. Vance Davis with the support of the late Reverend Dr. Julian O. Peterson, who himself had strong ties to Virginia Union University.

The annual event was planned and hosted by a diverse team of over 200 volunteers. The goal of the festival was to not only expose students to HBCUs, but also to expose them to scholarship opportunities. Some schools such as Johnson C. Smith University had onsite interviews and offered admittance right there at the fair.

In addition to giving students the opportunity to talk with representatives and recruiters from the various HBCUs, the festival featured a workshop series. Workshop topics included:

• The White House Internship Program
• Black College Sports
• Timely Tips for Parents
• Your “GPS” to Success
• STEM
• Show Me the Money
• Music Arts and Entertainment
• Federal Government Internships
• Mixed Up, Messed Up, & Moving on

Over 70 recruiters were present from 60 HBCUs. Among the schools represented were Grambling State University, Howard University, Hampton University, Johnson C. Smith University, Virginia State University, and Lincoln University to name a few.

Almost 1900 students were interviewed and over 500 received on-site admission. Registration fees valued at over $28,000 were waived for over 560 students. Scholarships were awarded to 24 students valued at over $143,000. An additional $300,000 in scholarship awards is pending receipt of transcripts.

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