From October 7-9, thousands of hopeful high school students will head to Walt Disney World Resort to learn about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and win millions of dollars in scholarships.
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Walt Disney World Resort is hosting HBCU Week for the very first time, and it’s expected to be the biggest event ever. According to Disney Parks Blog, more than 5,000 high school students are expected!
Most of the events will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, including a college fair, a lunch and learn series, a gang battle and an ESPN live stream. First take with hosts Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim. But on October 8, Magic Kingdom Park will host HBCU week-long parades with Delaware State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Bethune Cookman University, Winston State University Salem and Alcorn University.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to host this event, which continues our long history of celebrating and supporting education, especially within diverse and underrepresented communities,” said Courtney Jasmin, Public Relations Manager from Disney Sports.
“Nearly 50 HBCU recruiters… will distribute acceptance letters and scholarships, including full four-year courses, on site. In total, over $10 million in scholarships are expected to be awarded, which would also be an HBCU week high,” Jasmin said.
“Be prepared for a high-intensity, back-bending, high-energy experience like few things you’ve ever seen at Walt Disney World Resort, so don’t miss it,” she continued.
And, of course, don’t miss Mickey Mouse himself in his drum major outfit, paying homage to HBCU drum majors across the country.
To register for the College Fair and purchase tickets to Battle of the Bands and other HBCU Week events, visit HBCUWeek.org.
Have you ever attended a special event at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs or ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex?