Each February, 100 Black Men of Syracuse joins the Junior Frontiers of the Mohawk Valley and other sponsors behind a nearly weeklong tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The annual tour, which started in 2002, has helped place more than 120 Central New York high school students into historically black institutions of higher learning. From 2010 to 2015, 100 Black Men of Syracuse has provided financial assistance for more than 20 students from the Syracuse area, enabling them to join the tour. Five have received full or partial scholarships at leading HBCU schools around the country.
The tour empowers students to travel throughout the nation and tour various college campuses, gain valuable insight into their admissions and financial aid policies and secure admission interviews at the time of the visit. As a result, our students are able to see and experience life on a college campus with students, professors and administrators who look like them and can provide a sense of belonging.
In 2015, more than 40 students from Syracuse, Utica and Rome on the tour met with representatives and recruiters at Alabama State College, Tuskegee University, Morehouse and Spellman Colleges, Clark-Atlanta University, North Carolina State University and Hampton University. Among their chaperones were members of 100 Black Men of Syracuse.
Read a first-person account of the trip.
The tour has not only helped students find a home at a Historically Black College, it has also provided the impetus for many students deciding that they belong on a college campus, regardless of whether if it is at a HBCU school.
If you would like to contribute towards this very important cause, call us at (315) 443-8749 or email 100bkmsyr.gmail.com.