Oakland Black College Expo to give over $5 million in scholarships, on-the-spot college acceptances

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16th annual Black College Expo to provide Bay Area students pipeline to college

 Wells Fargo has teamed up with the Oakland Black College Expo in an effort to promote a college-going culture and boost the high school-to-college pipeline among Bay Area students. Last year, more than 5,000 college acceptances were awarded to students.

The 16th annual Oakland Black College Expo will allow students to receive on-the-spot college admissions, provide access to more than $5 million in scholarships, assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), and offer waived application fees for high school students considering attendance to a Historically Black College/University (HBCU).

Wells Fargo team members and other panelists will host several workshops including, preparing a standout college application, accessing financial aid, tips on navigating your career, and more.

Students will have the opportunity to meet with Wells Fargo recruiters to learn about internships and career opportunities. Wells Fargo has been a presenting sponsor of the Oakland Black College Expo for 16 years.

WHEN:           Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:         Oracle Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

 “We are on a mission to change the world. The Black College Expo is designed to demystify the college admission process and help students get to college. It is so awesome to see students get accepted on the spot, and receive scholarships. Students and parents are often blown away because they never believed this could happen,” said Theresa Price, Black College Expo founder and executive director.

“Education is the gateway to so many opportunities. That is why we want to empower youth and help them advance their educational aspirations. Our youth are the future leaders, which means investing in them is an investment in a better future,” said Christina Pels-Martinez, Wells Fargo Mid Valley Bay region bank president.

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