TALLADEGA, AL – Twenty-three Talladega College students have been selected to participate in an all-expense paid trip to Japan via the Kakehashi Project Study Tour. To help the students prepare for the trip, a series of informative training sessions were scheduled.

They recently met with the Honorary Consul General of Japan, Mr. Mark Jackson, who informed the students that there are over 170 Japanese owned or affiliated firms in the state of Alabama. He discussed Japanese culture, food, geography, money and tradition.

The students learned small but significant details about conducting business in Japan. During the training sessions, they practiced Japanese customs such as bowing and learned the Japanese way of extending and receiving business cards. They also discussed job opportunities in Japan.

The tour, which will take place December 14 through 22, is paid for by the Government of Japan. It is designed to help participants gain an understanding of Japan’s economy, history, culture, politics and diplomatic relations.

Students selected for the trip include De’Jha Billingsley, Kalyn Black, William Burks IV, Kirstin Crook, Ivree Datcher, Jamal Hairston, Hannah Knapp, Christopher Mascia, Arthur McElrath, Kamari McHenry, Shakayah Midgette, Amani Myers, Summer Payne, Tamera Prince, Jazsmin Mason Ramsey, Nyresha Robertson, Alexis Scott, Gantonio Stubbs, Phillip Thompson,  Garrett Vick, Bre’Ania Weldon, Kendra Williams, and James Yeager. 

They will be accompanied by Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins and First Lady Lucy Weber Hawkins, Provost Lisa Long, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Seddrick T. Hall Sr and Vice President of Student Affairs Jeffery T. Burgin Jr.

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About Talladega College

The oldest private Historically Black College in Alabama, Talladega College was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant.  Talladega College is the home of the renowned Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals, which received rave reviews from the New York Times during a three year, eight-city tour. For more information, visit www.talladega.edu.

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) participating in the 2018 Chicago Football Classic college fair.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has announced that this fall, representatives will hit the road once again for its 4th Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football classics and join by its Division of Recruitment on specific dates to assist with recruiting to HBCUs. The HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour is one of the biggest initiative programs at HCF.

Last year’s tour HCF added the Southern Heritage Classic college fair and football game, and Bayou Classic football game. Returns were made to the Chicago Football Classic college fair and football game, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s homecoming. The Division of Recruitment join on the tour at the SHC and CFC college fairs to provide students with imperative information about attending college and what does the HBCU experience entails once you step foot on campus.

Students who visited the HCF table at the Southern Heritage Classic on September 5, 2018, in Memphis, TN, are filling out applications to various HBCUs.

“This initiative that HCF takes a part of in implementing those necessary efforts is what our organization was established to accomplish,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund. We thrive to go out and beyond our office as well as the Chicago area to make sure that individuals can be transformed and witness what the HBCU experience is all about. Outreach and telling the story is a key facto to attracting those to our nation jewels, our Historically Black Colleges.”

The Division of Recruitment was established to partner and assist with recruiting prospective students to HBCU and Predominately Black Institutions. Representatives mentor and assist students in choosing the right HBCU that fits their collegiate needs. The division also established their signature “College Bound-Guide Folders,” which provides information such as college tips, scholarship information, selective HBCU recruitment material – brochures and flyers, and career planning information.

“We look forward to another year of meeting students to encourage them to choose HBCU, which is our motto at HCF. We also hope to inspire, and meet members of our HBCU community as well as supporters who follow our organization advocacy work,” Demetrius continued. “This tour is meant to bring empowerment and awareness to our HBCUs, and to make sure that the name of our institutions are known to the unknown.”

See this year’s tour confirmed dates below. The dates are separated by football and college fairs.

More dates are still too be confirmed. All dates are subject for cancellation and may or may not be rescheduled.

You can make a donation to support HCF’s continued advocacy work and to aid those students, HBCU and PB institutions that are benefited through the organization via the website by clicking here or below:

View photos from last year’s HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour below.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has announced that this fall, representatives will be hitting the work for its 3rd Annual HBCU Football Tour in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football teams and its Division of Recruitment will join in on certain days to assist recruiting for HBCU’s.

Last year’s tour featured a visit to Lincoln University – Missouri, Chicago Football Classic, Central State University, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff during football season. The Division of Recruitment joint in on the Chicago Football Classic by participating in its college fair providing students with important information about attending college and what does the HBCU experience looks like once you step foot on campus.

Volunteer recruiter, Tasha Brown, talking to students about attending college and what the HBCU experience is all about at the 2017 Chicago Football Classic College & Career Fair.

“This initiative that HCF takes part in implementing is what we try to achieve within our mission and supporting the significance. We also thrive to go out and about of our office as well as the Chicago area to make sure that individuals can experience our organization and know that outreach is a key factor in the quest of campaigning for our nation jewels, our historically black colleges,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., President and CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund.

“We look forward to meeting students to encourage them to choose HBCU, which is our motto at HCF. We also hope to inspire, and meet our HBCU community as well as our supporters who follow our social media handles,” he continued. “This tour is meant to bring empowerment to our HBCU’s, and to make sure that the names of these institutions are known to the unknown.”

This year’s tour has expanded both on the football and recruitment perspective sides. Check out the confirmed schedule below.

2018 HBCU Football Tour 2018 Recruitment Fair Tour
Sept 1 – Lincoln University vs Lane College, Memphis, TN

Sept. 7 – Southern Heritage Classic, Memphis, TN

Sept. 22 – Chicago Football Classic, Chicago, IL

Sept. 29 – UAPB vs. FIU, Miami, Fla

Nov. 3 – FVSU vs. Albany State, Columbus, GA

Nov. 24 – Grambling Univ. vs. Southern Univ., New Orleans, LA

Sept. 6 – SHC College & Career Fair

Sept. 22 – CFC College & Career Fair

More dates are still too be confirmed. All dates are subject for cancellation and may or may not be rescheduled.

If you would like to add your HBCU to the upcoming football tour schedule, click here or if you would like HCF’s Division of Recruitment participation at a upcoming college fair, email your request to recruitment@hbcucampaignfund.org.

To make a donation in assisting the organization in traveling this fall, via our website here or click below:

View photos from last year’s football and recruitment tour below.