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U-CAN kicks off new school year with 10-city HBCU college recruitment tour

August 29, 2014

Historically Black Colleges and Universities to admit students on the spot

San Francisco – Hundreds of students from the San Francisco Bay Area will gather at Mission High School, 3750 18th St. in San Francisco, to meet with recruiters and admissions counselors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) when the United College Action Network (U-CAN) hosts its 15th annual “Historically Black” college recruitment fair for the first time in San Francisco on Monday, Sept. 15.

Hundreds of dreams began to come true at the 2011 UCAN HBCU Recruitment Fair at Laney College. This year the fair returns to Laney on Sept. 10. – Photo: TheBlackHour.com

Hundreds of dreams began to come true at the 2011 UCAN HBCU Recruitment Fair at Laney College. This year the fair returns to Laney on Sept. 10. – Photo: Rasheed Shabazz, TheBlackHour.com

College admission officers from more than 35 HBCUs, representing hundreds of majors and professional degrees, will be available to answer questions, take applications, review transcripts, provide financial aid information, waive application fees and admit qualified students on the spot.

U-CAN’s college fairs are free and open to all students and will include two Spanish language recruiters. Parents are encouraged to attend with their students.

“We pride ourselves on working with students who may not have the highest GPA but who desire to go to a four-year college or university and are willing to do the work to get it done,” said Dr. Alan Rowe, president of U-CAN. “Our goal is to get as many youth as possible, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, background or sexual orientation, to the fair and into college.”

Founded in Sacramento in 1988, U-CAN is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to inspire, prepare and support students, especially economically and culturally disadvantaged and at-risk youth, in gaining admission to and graduating from four-year colleges and universities. U-CAN has assisted more than 56,000 students through its high school programs that prepare students for academic and career success after high school.

More than half of U-CAN scholars who go to college choose to attend an HBCU. Since its inception, some 15,000 U-CAN scholars have been admitted to HBCUs – 6,000 received $54 million ($54,000,000) in scholarships from U-CAN’s HBCU partners.

UCAN focuses on HBCUs because their mission and values match its own. Rowe said HBCUs’ 18-1 to 25-1 student-faculty ratio provide a smaller, more nurturing environment that “many of our students need to flourish during the four-year college experience.”

Tashauna Burnette and Kaley Bragg, seniors at American High School in Fremont, were both accepted into 10 colleges, including their favorite: Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. – Photo: TheBlackHour.com

Tashauna Burnette and Kaley Bragg, seniors at American High School in Fremont, were both accepted into 10 colleges, including their favorite: Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. – Photo: Rasheed Shabazz, TheBlackHour.com

Moreover, HBCUs are more open to working with promising students with marginal grade point averages, having developed effective education strategies that ensure academic success and high graduation rates, Rowe said.

The financial bottom line is that “HBCUs are more affordable than many colleges in California’s state and university systems and provide the same quality of education and training,” Rowe said. In addition to foreign study programs and internships, Rowe said many HBCUs have partnerships that allow their students to transfer to other top universities in the country.

Rowe, who founded U-CAN with his wife, Donna Rowe, stresses opportunity in education for all students. He said, “We have expanded our college recruitment fair from Sacramento to throughout Northern California, including the Bay Area – now including San Francisco for the first time, the Central Valley and California’s Inland Empire.

“Our goal is to include all ethnic and cultural groups shut out of mainstream academia who can benefit from the wonderful opportunities offered by HBCUs.”

Graduating seniors should bring several copies of their transcript, SAT/ACT scores (if taken), two letters of recommendation and a personal essay, if available, to qualify for on-the-spot admission. High school juniors are also encouraged to attend and should bring copies of their transcripts.

For more information, visit U-CAN’s website at www.ucangotocollege.org or contact U-CAN at 916-896-3000 or ucan@ucangtc.org.

U-CAN’s 15th Annual Colleges Recruitment Fair locations

Oakland School for the Arts senior Jalen Preston was aiming for admission to an HBCU and to receive a scholarship to pay all or at least half the tuition. – Photo: TheBlackHour.com

Oakland School for the Arts senior Jalen Preston was aiming for admission to an HBCU and to receive a scholarship to pay all or at least half the tuition. – Photo: Rasheed Shabazz, TheBlackHour.com

Mount Calvary Baptist Church (Scholarship Ministry), Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1735 Enterprise Dr., Bldg. 3, Fairfield, CA, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Vallejo City USD, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, Vallejo High School, 840 Nebraska St., Vallejo, CA, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Oakland USD and Laney College, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland, CA, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Twin Rivers USD, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, Grant Union High School, 1400 Grand Ave., Sacramento, CA, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Sacramento City USD, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, Sacramento High School, 2315 34th St., Sacramento, CA, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Elk Grove USD, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, Monterey Trail High School, 8661 Power Inn Rd., Elk Grove, CA, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, Mission High School, 3750 18th St., San Francisco, CA, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Modesto Junior College and Modesto City Schools, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, West Campus, Mary Stewart Rogers Center, 435 College Ave., Modesto, CA, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

San Bernardino City USD, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, San Bernardino High School, 1850 North E St., San Bernardino, CA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Moreno Valley USD, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Vista del Lago High School, 15150 Lasselle St., Moreno Valley, CA, 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Rialto USD in partnership with Fontana USD, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, Wilmer Amina Carter High School, 2630 North Linden Ave., Rialto, CA, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly in partnership with U-CAN, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, Doolittle Community Center, 1950 North J St., Las Vegas, NV, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

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