The 100 Black Men of Chicago (BMC), the Chicagoland areas’ preeminent organization focused on mentoring African American youth, will host their 14th Annual “College Scholarship Fair (CSF)” at the UIC Pavilion , 525 S. Racine Ave., on Saturday, October 8, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Over 5,000 students – girls and boys – from the Chicago area, downstate Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Missouri will interact with recruiters from more than 250 colleges and universities. The CSF has long been known as a place where recruiters are prepared to make instant admissions, and proffer scholarships. Over its history, millions of dollars in scholarship awards have been offered. Additionally, community-based organizations and corporate partners will conduct educational workshops designed to help students advance the college admissions process.
“The College Scholarship Fair provides a counter narrative to the negative headlines about youth in our community, said Carl Tutt, president of the board of the 100 BMC. “We know that education is key to reducing violence, however, for many of our African American students, financial ability is a barrier to higher education. The 100 BMC’s CSF shows what happens when preparation meets opportunity, and how it can change the course of a young person’s life.”
With a focus on mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic empowerment the 100 BMC mentor both boys and girls at the following sites: South Side, Bronzeville Scholastic Institute; West Side, Build, Inc.; South Suburbs, South Suburban College, Oak Forest; West Side, Michele Clark; and Western Suburbs, Quad County Urban League (QCUL). Additionally, the organization partners with the University of Illinois Chicago’s African American Advisory Council formed to address the disparity in African American administration, staff, and student body at the institution, and they are also a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet for the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Follow the conversation about the CSF on social media using #100BMC #CSF.
Student registration for the CSF is free of charge, and targeted to high school seniors, juniors and sophomores. Visit 100bmc.org/csf to complete. You may also contact the 100 BMC at (312) 372-1262, or email at [email protected] Sponsors for this 14th Annual CSF include FedEx, State Farm, PNC Bank, Outback Steakhouse, the University of Illinois Chicago, Southwest, The U.S Air Force Academy, Nicor Gas, Macy’s, Hyatt, Walmart and Miller Coors.
About the 100 Black Men of Chicago
Since its inception in 1994, the 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. (100 BMC) has worked to enhance the lives of those youth and their families who live in socially or economically deprived communities. The organization’s primary mission is to help improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for young African American males throughout the Greater Chicago area. We provide on-going educational training programs, mentoring, tutoring, student scholarships, and economic empowerment seminars through the help of our volunteers and community partners.