Since 2017, participating HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) have granted over 3,000 admission opportunities to local students and have awarded more than $18.5 million in scholarships during HBCU Week. On Friday, Mayor Mike Purzycki and Wilmington’s HBCU Ambassador, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith announced that this year’s college fair has grown to a hybrid online and in-person 2 day event (Friday, October 1, and Saturday, October 2), sponsored by the City of Wilmington and Barclay’s.
“HBCU Week has been extremely successful because of an outpouring of support for our students who crave more educational opportunities,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Each year we’ve expanded the program to include a concert, panel discussions, the HBCU Battle of the Bands, and – the highlight of the week – a College Fair that has grown into two-day, in-person as well as virtual event.”
HBCU Week was launched by Ashley Christopher under the direction of Mayor Mike Purzycki to provide local high school students opportunities to explore the history, pride, and academic offerings of these institutions. This year, attendees can expect:
- The return of Battle of The Bands at Frawley Stadium
- 5K Run/Walk at Brandywine Park
- Comedy Show, Hosted by Wanda Sykes at The Queen
- Block Party at DE.CO
- AND so much more!
To register for any of this year’s festivities, click this link.