Long lines circled the UIC Forum this past Saturday for the 14th Annual “College Scholarship Fair (CSF)” of the 100 Black Men of Chicago (BMC), the Chicagoland areas’ preeminent organization focused on mentoring African American youth. Parents and kids streamed into the Forum in search of information on college admissions and scholarships. With recruiters from more than 250 colleges and universities on site, it was a welcoming one stop shop for high school students seeking to further their education.
Students and their parents from the Chicago area, downstate Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Missouri met with recruiters, participated in seminars conducted by corporations and community organizations, and received vital information all focused on preparing the high schoolers for college. Recruiters ran the gambit from HBCU’s to Ivy League; Big 10 to the military. 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.
Special guest at the CSF was the Chicago Police Department’s Fred L. Waller who is responsible for over 8,000 police officers as the Chief of the Bureau of Patrol. (Photos by LeVern Danley)
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. They provide on-going educational training programs, mentoring, tutoring, student scholarships, and economic empowerment seminars through the help of volunteers and community partners.