Group hosts 180 colleges for Scholarship Fair

October 15, 2011 9:09:41 PM PDT
A Chicago mentoring group is working to make the dream of a college education possible for thousands of students.

100 Black Men of Chicago held their ninth annual scholarship fair Saturday at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum.

High school juniors and seniors were invited to meet with representatives from more than 180 colleges and universities. They could learn more about getting admitted to college and receiving financial aid.

"We also have workshops here that help young people make the transition from high school to college. You know many of our children are first generation college, so we have them do the workshops on how to sign up for classes, how to navigate the financial aid world, what to do about credit when they're in college," said Craig Gilmore with 100 Black Men of Chicago.

Among the colleges at the fair were Ivy League schools, private and state universities and a number of historic black colleges and universities.

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