Helping High School Students Begin a Prosperous Collegiate Journey: The Pearl & Ivy Educational Foundation and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Host 6th Annual College Fair

Washington, DC, October 12, 2018 --( The Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation (PIEF), in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Xi Omega Chapter will hold its 6th Annual College Fair on Saturday, October 13 at Paul Public Charter School. The college fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

High school students, parents, caregivers and educators are encouraged to attend. Registration information is available at Workshops will address strategies on being successful in college, applying for financial aid and scholarships, identifying a major and securing internships.

“We are excited to host this event for the sixth year and provide students and parents with information on how to be successful in college. For many families, transitioning to college can be overwhelming,” said April Gaines-Jernigan, Xi Omega and PIEF President. “This is our way of assisting families – by identifying local colleges, universities and non-traditional schools to bring their expertise to students about everything from scholarships and career opportunities, to how to secure internships and financial aid.”

According to a Pew Research Study, “A college degree is beneficial for not just higher earnings, but upward mobility and self-esteem. Also, those without a college degree can find their upward mobility limited by a lack of educational credentials.” In 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 58.2 percent of African American students enrolled in college.

“I am proud to continue the legacy of our Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority founders by promoting educational opportunities,” said Leslie W. Jones, College Fair chairman. “Our current targets include promoting historically Black colleges and universities, assisting students in their pursuit of a college education and providing guidance while they complete the admissions process. This fair is one way that Xi Omega Chapter is reaching that goal.”

For more information, visit Xi Omega and PIEF’s websites and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Omega Chapter
Breahna Blakely