Two bus loads of Florida A&M University students, administrators and recruitment reps traveled to South and Central Florida to make the pathway to college a little easier for several deserving high school seniors this week. Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships during the annual President’s Tour, which made stops in Tampa, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.
Robinson delivered one key message to each group of eager students: You can get anywhere from FAMU!
“There are so many reasons to attend FAMU, including our array of strong academic programs, our engaged student leaders, the rich cultural experience, our numerous corporate partners seeking to employ our students and our noted success in sending our students to the nation’s best graduate and professional programs,” said Robinson. “We prepare FAMU graduates to take on the toughest challenges facing the world at large.”
School of Journalism & Graphic Communication Dean Ann Wead Kimbrough, DBA, and College of Agriculture and Food Sciences Dean Robert Taylor, Ph.D., attended the tour in order to personally invite students to join their respective degree programs.
“FAMU is a high-touch university and we want to know our students on a personal level because it makes the college experience more rewarding for all involved,” said Kimbrough. “When I recommend students for internships with CBS or CNN, I can do so with confidence because I know my students and the work ethic they’ve developed through our programs.”
The FAMU Connection, the university’s recruitment performing group, entertained the crowds through song and dance while sharing FAMU’s rich history. Mr. and Miss FAMU, the Royal Court and the FAMU Presidential Ambassadors met with students and gave their personal testimonies on what led them to their decision to attend FAMU.
“The President’s Tour is our opportunity to bring a little bit of FAMU to the best and brightest students,” said Vice President of Student Affairs William Hudson, Jr., Ph.D. “Once prospective students have a chance to feel the energy and see the enthusiasm in how our student ambassadors and staff talk about the university, it becomes clear that this is the place where they belong.”
The President’s Tour is a component of FAMU’s continued efforts to recruit top high school seniors. For more information about scholarships or upcoming recruitment efforts, contact the FAMU Office of Recruitment at (850) 599-3147.