Alfred Street Baptist Church is partnering with Google Cloud this weekend to host its 19th annual HBCU College Festival/Fair, which aims to connect thousands of students with the nation’s historically Black institutions.

The annual fair, usually held at large convention centers and hotels, will proceed Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the historic Northern Virginia church as a virtual event amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are overjoyed that Google Cloud is partnering with us for the first time as our title sponsor,” the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, Alfred Street Baptist’s senior pastor, said in a press release. “Google Cloud is committed to HBCUs, higher education for our Black youth as well as diversity, which is why they decided to support this rewarding event.”

Since its start in 2003, the Alfred Street Baptist Church Foundation’s fair has connected more than 50,000 students and parents with more than 100 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country, while also providing vital information about the college admissions process, financial aid, academic disciplines and cultural aspects of Black college life.

At last year’s festival, more than $5.4 million in scholarships were awarded to nearly 1,800 high school seniors in attendance, according to the ASBC Foundation.

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