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What is The Showcase of HBCU?

The Showcase of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is a college & career fair marketed predominantly toward African American students and other students who desire to attend an HBCU.

March of 2006 launched the first annual college and career fair. More than 2,000 parents, educators, volunteers and students from 8 public school systems across Kentuckiana came out to experience this historic educational program. The Showcase raised awareness to students and their parents about the opportunities at HBCU by providing them with first-hand experience.

The Showcase [emphasizes education first] by providing each student with an educational assignment. Each assignment requires the students to attend college preparation workshops and career-planning sessions with professionals in various fields and careers. Additionally, students are also required to attend a minimum number of college and university booths.

Signature Program and History

Since March 2006, the Education First Foundation has helped more than 12,000 students throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana from over 12 counties to obtain educational opportunities for academic success, on-site admissions, and scholarship opportunities. Out of the students surveyed during the 2010 program pre-test, 98% stated they planned to attend college and 74% wanted to attend an HBCU.

To assist in narrowing the educational and economic achievement gaps, through the empowerment of youth by introducing students to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. To preserve the legacy of Americas’ Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) by raising the awareness of educators, students and parents about the opportunities at HBCUs and to help students navigate the college admissions process. For all students to have accessibility to the best opportunities educational systems and organizations have to offer.

Learn more about the components of the Showcase of HBCU


If you believe in our mission and would like to make an impact on the lives of college-bound students consider donating. Your donations go toward providing educational services, workshops, career counseling, and fairs related to college.