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BPS Celebrates Triumph: Hosting a Prosperous HBCU Fair

Viera High School was buzzing with excitement on Wednesday, February 7, as it played host to a vibrant and successful Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Information Session & Fair. The event welcomed around 800 students, parents, educators, and community members to explore opportunities for higher education at prestigious HBCUs throughout the state and the country.


The fair showcased a diverse array of HBCUs, offering attendees the chance to learn about their unique academic programs, campus culture, and scholarship opportunities. Representatives from each institution provided valuable insights and guidance to eager students, empowering them to make informed decisions about their educational futures.


Director of Student, Staff and Community Engagement, Hilary Poole, noted “It was an inspiring event to see so many members of our community come together to partner with BPS and provide students with an opportunity to explore options after high school.”


Colleges, universities, businesses, and organizations in attendance included: 

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Iota Pi Omega Chapter

  • Bethune-Cookman University

  • Brevard Alliance of Black School Educators (ABSE)

  • Brevard Adult and Community Education

  • Career and Technical Education 

  • CareerSource Brevard 

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Brevard County Alumnae Chapter 

  • Florida A&M University

  • Florida Memorial University

  • Grambling State University

  • Head Start 

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

  • L3Harris

  • NASA

  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. - Kappa Chi Sigma Chapter

  • St. Thomas University

  • Take Stock in Children - Brevard Schools Foundation

  • Talladega College 

  • Tuskegee University

  • United States Air Force/Space Force

  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Omega Omicron Zeta Chapter 


Students also had the opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with school representatives, ask questions about admission requirements and financial aid options, and even receive on-the-spot admissions decisions from some participating colleges.


"The HBCU Fair was an incredible opportunity for our students to explore their college options and connect with representatives from some of the nation's top institutions," said Diamelia Christie, Curriculum and Instruction – Secondary Instructional Programs. "We are committed to providing our students with the resources and support they need to pursue their academic and professional goals, and events like these play a crucial role in that mission."


In addition to the valuable information provided by college representatives, the fair also featured presentations on topics such as college readiness, financial aid, and the benefits of attending a HBCU. These presentations provided attendees with valuable insights and strategies to navigate the college admissions process successfully.


The HBCU Information Session & Fair has become an annual tradition for Brevard Public Schools, and we look forward to seeing what is in store for next year!


Posted 2.14.24.