Jack and Jill and Shorecrest partner for 2nd annual HBCU College Fair


ST. PETERSBURG — The Suncoast Chapter Teens of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will host its second annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair from 1-3pm Sunday, Sept. 16 at Shorecrest Preparatory School.

The inaugural event featured college recruiters and alumni representing more than 30 HBCUs, including Howard University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Fisk University, Tennessee State, Edward Waters College, Florida Memorial and Florida A&M University.

More than 300 guests attended to meet with the schools. Now in their second year, the event leaders expect an even bigger turnout of both colleges and families.

“Our pilot HBCU College Fair was a great success,” said Jack and Jill of America Teen Sponsor Dr. Nathalia Jeffrey-Fort. “Supporting and promoting HBCUs are critical components to Jack and Jill’s mission of education and leadership. We’re pleased to partner with Shorecrest once again for this event.”

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Attendees will have the opportunity to speak to alumni and admissions reps from colleges and universities, as well as talk with dedicated experts about general college-related topics such as the college admissions process, financial aid, scholarships, Greek life and more.

“As an HBCU alumnus, I know that unique college experience strongly influenced my career choice and passion for education,” said Roderick Fludd, Shorecrest director of Diversity and Inclusion. “We at Shorecrest are proud to offer this event, not just to African-American families, but to all families in our community who are exploring their options for higher education.”

Shorecrest Preparatory School is located at 5101 1st St. NE in St. Petersburg. Below is the schedule of events:

• 12:30 p.m. — Registration opens (Lobby of Shorecrest Athletic Center)

• 1-3 p.m. — College Fair (Crisp Gym in Shorecrest Athletic Center) HBCU admissions and alumni representatives

Admission to the HBCU College Fair is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at 2018HBCUcollegefair.eventbrite.com

About Suncoast Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is an African-American organization of mothers who nurture future leaders by strengthening children through chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. They believe every child, with proper guidance and opportunity, can be a leader.

The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America is composed of 35 dedicated mothers and 86 children between the ages of 2-18 years old. The chapter is uniquely positioned and committed to making a difference in the lives of families residing in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. For more information, visit JackandJillSuncoast.org.

About Shorecrest

Founded in 1923, Shorecrest is a coed, nonsectarian, PK-12 independent school in St. Petersburg. In a safe, student-centered environment, Shorecrest educates a diverse community of students to become lifelong learners in the pursuit of personal and academic excellence, physical well-being, creative achievement and the development of a commitment to social responsibility.

Shorecrest graduates empathetic, independent thinkers who succeed at the university level, pursue their passions and lead purposeful lives. Learn more at shorecrest.org.

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