Shorecrest and Jack and Jill Inc. to Host HBCU College Fair Sunday, September 17

St. Petersburg, FL, August 30, 2017 --( The Suncoast Chapter Teens of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will host its inaugural Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair from 1pm-5pm on Sunday, September 17 at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg.

This free community event will feature college recruiters and alumni representing over 30 HBCUs including Howard University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Fisk University, Tennessee State, Edward Waters College, Florida Memorial and Florida A&M University.

“Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities is part of Jack and Jill’s national program thrust which aims to help students explore a variety of higher learning opportunities and increase cultural awareness,” says Jack and Jill of America Teen Sponsor, Dr. Nathalia Jeffrey-Fort.

Attendees will also hear from a panel of recent HBCU graduates. Panelists will discuss their college experience, while highlighting the importance of higher education at an HBCU. All students are encouraged to participate and speak with representatives about admissions, financial aid, testing, majors and more.

The event is hosted at Shorecrest Preparatory School. “College placement and success is a core part of our mission,” says Shorecrest Headmaster Mike Murphy. “Shorecrest is pleased to partner with Jack and Jill Inc. to put on this important event.”

Shorecrest Preparatory School is located at 5101 1st St. NE in St. Petersburg. Below is the schedule of events:

12:30pm -
Registration opens (Lobby of Shorecrest Athletic Center)

1:00pm -
College Fair begins (Rec Gym in Shorecrest Athletic Center)
HBC College, Fraternity and Sorority Reps meet with students and families

4:00pm -
HBCU Alumni Panel Discussion (Janet Root Theatre)

Admission to the HBCU College Fair is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at

About Suncoast Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is an African-American organization of mothers who nurture future leaders by strengthening children through chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. The mothers believe every child, with proper guidance and opportunity can be a leader.

The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America is composed of 35 dedicated mothers and 86 children between the ages of 2-18 years old. The Chapter is uniquely positioned and committed to making a difference in the lives of families residing in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. For more information, visit

About Shorecrest:
Founded in 1923, Shorecrest is a coed, nonsectarian, PK-12 independent school in St. Petersburg, FL. In a safe, student-centered environment, Shorecrest educates a diverse community of students to become lifelong learners in the pursuit of personal and academic excellence, physical well-being, creative achievement and the development of a commitment to social responsibility. Shorecrest graduates empathetic, independent thinkers who succeed at the university level, pursue their passions, and lead purposeful lives. Learn more at
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