Hispanic students hear about higher ed opportunities
Posted March 31, 2017 2:46 p.m. EDT
Hundreds of middle and high school students from across North Carolina heard from Margaret Spellings, president of the University of North Carolina System, Friday at the 18th annual edition of the Hispanic Educational Summit, presented by the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals (NCSHP) and hosted by North Carolina State University.
Keynote speaker Angel Flores energized and motivated the students to finish high school and pursue a career in higher education. The winners for the 2016 “Stay in School” Video Contest were recognized for motivating their peers to graduate from high school and the winning video was shown to the more than 1,000 attendees that applauded its creativity and accomplishments.
Participants attended a day filled with concurrent sessions designed for students to gain the tools necessary to prepare for their high school graduation and pursue higher education. They also received information on available programs and services from colleges, universities and community supporters including NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, Virginia Tech, NCCU, Meredith College and many others as part of the exhibit hall.
During the closing ceremony, the NCSHP proudly recognized the 2017 North Carolina Hispanic College Fund recipients by awarding $41,500 in scholarships to 37 deserving students, some of which are the first generation in their family to be able to pursue higher education.