Alfred Street Baptist Church HBCU Festival

2022 Annual Alfred Street Baptist Church HBCU Festival

In February of 2020, the HI Graduate and Former Students Association sponsored the attendance of 5 Vance County High School seniors to the Washington DC area to attend the 18th Annual Alfred Street Baptist Church HBCU College Festival.  Approximately 10,000 High School Students from all over the country attended this event. On-the-spot acceptance, waivered applications, fees and scholarship awards were made available for attendees from the more than 70 HBCUs represented during this event. Attendees also had the opportunity to audition for school choirs and school bands. One high school senior from the Vance County Public Schools received on-the-spot acceptance to Tuskegee University during the Festival. Other attendees had the opportunity to visit with the HBCU representatives and network with other high school seniors. The Association learned of this event because several members of the Association attend the sponsoring church. Due to the Pandemic, ASBC hosted the 19th Annual Festival virtually. High School Seniors and Parents were instructed to track plans and the status of Festivals Events, via the Church Website at 2021 HBCU Festival - Alfred Street Baptist Church The Alfred Street Baptist Church Annual HBCU Festival began in 2003 and is the largest in the nation. This nationally recognized event has received recognition from the Obama Administration and Facebook. In 2019 more than 11,000 High School Students attended this event with representation from 68 colleges and universities. 28 schools conducted on site interviews, 82 schools waived application fees and $11.6 million in scholarships were offered. Due to the pandemic, data for the 2021 Festival is not yet available. The Association plans to send 20 – 30 high school students to the 2022 HBCU Festival and encourages Board Members and Local Churches to support this effort.

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