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Indiana Black Expo, Inc., along with the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis and the Infinite Scholars program, will host the 2011 College and Scholarship Fair on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Venue Conference Center, 5110 Pike Plaza Rd.

The 2011 College and Scholarship Fair will allow students to have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and speak one-on-one with admissions and financial aid office representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities.

The free event is open to the public and includes workshops on helping families understand the financial aid process, National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility, and how to write a college or scholarship essay.

“Education is one of the four pillars of the 100 Black Men of America’s brand,” said Murvin Enders, executive director of 100 Black Men. “Consistent with that focus, the Indy 100 has provided a college fair for the youth of Indianapolis and Central Indiana for eight years.”

Tanya Bell, president and CEO of Indiana Black Expo, commented, “Indiana Black Expo Inc. is proud to host the 2011 College and Scholarship Fair presented by Vincennes University. For more than 40 years, IBE has stressed the importance of education. This fair provides the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from more than 70 colleges and universities. We hope many will take advantage of this continued partnership with the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis and the Infinite Scholars Program.”

Enders agreed. “We believe that our youth need to understand the process and the requirements for a college education long before applying,” he said. “However, for those that are nearing the time to enter college, being able to have choices and receive financial support in hand is incredible and helps provide the ‘I can do anything’ attitude necessary for their success.Since we established a partnership with IBE two years ago, the fair has grown significantly and underlines the importance of working together with those entities and people of like minds and passion.”

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