More than 300 students are expected to spend Saturday morning in Rock Hill researching historically black colleges and universities.
The annual college fair-style event will feature representatives of more than 15 colleges and universities from around the region. The purpose is to tell students about the advantages of attending historically black institutions.
Middle school and high school students and their parents are invited to attend.
"Some kids think they can't go to school," said Desmond Cato, an assistant principal at Northwestern High School and president of S.C. Alliance of Black School Educators at Rock Hill, which is hosting the event. "They think they can't afford it or that their grades are not up to par. That's kind of where HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) come in for many of those students."
Historically black colleges and universities primarily were formed to serve students who were not allowed to attend other institutions. These institutions have predominantly black enrollments but also admit students of other races.
Cato said the sense of culture and community are two of the things he enjoyed during his time as a student at South Carolina State University.
"You can kind of be a leader and develop your own skills," he said.
Saturday's event will feature workshops on money management, financial aid and the SAT and ACT.
Reggie McKnight, senior managing partner of the McKnight law firm and a graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law, will be the keynote speaker.
College and university representatives will accept applications and some will waive application fees for students who apply on the spot.
Want to go?What: Historically Black College and University Awareness DayWhen: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.Where: The Connection, across from Northwestern High SchoolCost: Free