TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Representatives from Florida A&M University (FAMU) recently entertained more than 1,000 high school seniors in the Atlanta, Ga. area at an education fair and scholarship reception awarding 71 scholarships.
“The enthusiastic response we received in Atlanta was awesome to behold,” said Danielle Kennedy-Lamar, associate vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. “Our students, the President, and alumni told our story. Prospective students and parents were convinced that FAMU is definitely the place to be.”
FAMU President James H. Ammons, members of the FAMU Connection and FAMU students were also on hand as a total of $1 million in scholarships were awarded to high school seniors who, despite past accreditation issues, are still finding their way to FAMU.
Among the standing-room-only crowd were 22 National Achievement Semifinalists, seven of which received the Life Gets Better Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, and books for four years. The scholarship also includes a $500 stipend each semester, internships and a laptop.
Kennedy-Lamar said that FAMU has maintained an interest in students from the Atlanta metro area and is certain the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) decision to remove FAMU from probation has heightened the area’s interest in FAMU.
“Students, parents and counselors know that FAMU has a stellar reputation for attracting and educating academically gifted students,” said Kennedy-Lamar. “Our success stories have been reaching students. This past year was an exemplary recruiting year, but we expect that we will be able to build on that success for 2009 because SACS is no longer an issue.”
An educational fair, usually held during the school day, is designed to introduce FAMU to a wide range of students who may or may not qualify for scholarships. FAMU looks for the school district to bus students to the events. Scholarship receptions are usually held in the evening or on Saturday mornings and are designed to invite students that most likely qualify for scholarships. Students and parents are invited to the scholarship receptions.
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