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14th Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) College Fair

See You Next Year!

This free virtual event provided students in Grades 8–12 an opportunity to meet representatives from more than 50 HBCUs. Representatives shared information and answered questions from students and parents about admissions, financial aid, testing, majors and much more. The event also featured a college preparation workshop for middle school students and parents, a discussion on college life, FAFSA completion assistance, scholarship information and more. This event is co-sponsored by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

This year, our keynote speaker was Dr. Aminta H. Breaux, President, Bowie State University.

IconRegistration has closed for the HBCU Seminar Series.

This free virtual event provides students in Grades 8–12 an opportunity to learn about HBCUs, scholarship opportunities, how to find their best fit, and connect with HBCU alumni. Eighth grade is a good time to begin learning about post-secondary options as students work on their 4-year plan with their school counselor. Students may earn SSL hours for attending the workshop sessions below and completing an SSL Google Form that will be provided to participants at the end of the workshop. Register to join these workshops:

Overview of HBCU's Seminar: Identifying The HBCU For You
Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 10:00am-12:00pm
Two-part workshop that includes an overview of the diverse offerings of HBCUs, highlighting specific programs and unique features and individual sessions that allow students to meet briefly, one-on-one, to identify HBCUs that meet their needs. HBCU alumni will also discuss the HBCU experience and provide a Q&A session.

Montgomery County Alliance Of Black School Educators (MCABSE) Event: Homecoming Edition Seminar
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 6:00-7:30pm
Learn about the history of HBCU, a typical day on campus, and engage in a Q&A panel discussion.

To Be A Scholar Athlete: The NCAA And You
Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 6:30-8:00pm
Hear from college professionals who work with student athletes from recruitment through college graduation.

Students and parents, use the blue registration button below for more information and to register:

interviewAttention Seniors! Virtual On-The-Spot Admissions

Many HBCU representatives will hold virtual interviews with 12th grade students. During the interviews, students can potentially receive application fee waivers, scholarship awards and on-site admission. Qualified seniors will be able to interview with HBCU admissions representatives on February 14-17 from 8:30am to 4:00pm via Zoom. To be eligible, seniors MUST pre-register and complete their applications through NAVIANCE. School Counselors and College & Career Information Coordinators (CCICs) will work with students to ensure they have the necessary digital documents for their virtual interviews and will help students prepare for their interview(s). Students can start by viewing how to prepare for common interview questions and what questions they should ask the HBCU representatives to help maximize their chances of acceptance.

RegisterRegistration has closed for the 2022 HBCU Fair

All students and parents/guardians must register to attend. Students may earn 3 SSL hours for attending at least 2 workshop sessions during the fair and completing an SSL Google Form that will be provided to participants after the event.

Students and parents, use the yellow registration button below:


Organizations wishing to have a virtual booth at the fair, use the red registration button below:

College representatives wishing to have a virtual booth at the fair, use the green registration button below:

For more information, please contact the College and Career Coordinator at your school or Ms. Lindsay Cao, Coordinator, K-12 School Counseling at or 240-328-7676.


ImportantMCPS administrators & staff: Volunteers needed!

Please register to volunteer at our 14th annual HBCU Fair and help support our students! Volunteers are needed to help monitor the breakout rooms and virtual workshop sessions. If you are interested, please use the button below to register (for MCPS administrators and staff only):

Volunteers help ensure a successful experience for all! Thank you!

Want to know more about the HBCU fair? Bobby Gailes' interviewed Dr. Karen Crews, Director of Student Well-Being and Achievement, on WHUR 96.3 about the fair and events. Listen here.



Hear from HBCU Alumni


Meet Cliff Glover, an MCPS graduate who was accepted to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from an on-the-spot interview.


Listen to Carolyn Williams, a recent graduate of Howard University, talk about her experience at the University and her tips for successfully applying to college.


Meet Najma Thomas, an MCPS graduate who attended Spellman College. She provides valuable advice to help with the application process.


Brian and Cicily Randolph proudly discuss their experiences and fond memories of attending Bowie State University and Tuskegee University.


Listen to Hannah Randolph share her experience as a recent graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, including financial aid advice, the importance of communication, and the benefits of joining college organizations.


Why choose an HBCU College or University?

Hear what colleges are saying about the HBCU Fair

A welcome message from Patrick Stevenson, Asst. Director of Freshman Admissions at Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State University Virtual Campus Tour
A welcome message from Ebone Dorman, Admissions Counselor at University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Watch our NBC4 news coverage from 2019 and listen to student testimonials!