Thanks to New York State Senator, Kevin Parker, and the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) for the Black College Expo New York, hundreds of high school college bound students received, necessary information to get them ready for higher learning, during a Sept. 28 presentation at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
According to Sen. Parker, the exposition facilitated the interaction of students with college recruiters to plan for their future in higher education. Families, he said were able to discuss the college admissions process, scholarship opportunities, and what attending a historically black college means to their academic success. Additionally, students and parents had the opportunity to particpate in several workshops from test preparation tips for the SAT and ACT to resume writing sessions.
Sen. Parker who represents Brooklyn’s ethnically diverse 21st Senate District, that comprises sections of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Park Slope, co-sponsored the event, as well as paid a $2,000 scholarship to an attendee heading to college next year.
The politician noted that it can be difficult at times for parents and students to navigate the college admissions process, as such, this event helps by focusing on both accessibility and affordability for students of color. Parker said that this was his fourth year collaborating with the Black College Expo, and that he was proud of how well planned and informative the exhibition has been for community residents.
“I am thankful to the National College Resources Foundation for being such a critical resource for students of color here in New York State and across the country,” he said.
Dr. Theresa Price, founder of the National College Resource Foundation, said every year the foundation works to bring college resources to children of color nationally. She noted that the foundation was grateful, and thanked Senate Kevin Parker for his commitment and partnership in New York.
“He has been a great support in making sure we reach students throughout Brooklyn and the outer boroughs. We are additionally grateful for his donation to our scholarship fund,” she said, pointing out that there are people, who run for office to be in power, but there are powerful men who use their power to uplift and build our community.
“This is what Senator Parker represents, and we are so honored to partner with him and the Brooklyn community,” said Dr. Price.