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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter,
and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Psi Omega Chapter, held its First Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair on March 9 – 10, 2019, showcasing the following HBCU institutions, Fisk University, Harris Stowe State University, Philander Smith College and Virginia Union University, and on March 30 – 31, 2019, Florida Memorial University at the British Colonial Hilton #1 Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.
Over the four-day College Fair, over 1000 high school students attended. At the conclusion of the College Fair approximately $3.5 Million Dollars was offered in scholarship to Bahamian Students.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter’s 31 st
Honours Day Convocation was held on Sunday May 6, 2018, at
Government House, Mount Fitzwilliam, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas, under the theme “Work Hard in Silence - Let Your Success Make the Noise.”
The Guest Speaker was Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, President of Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Smothers was impressed with the biographies read during the introduction of the two top graduating male high school students from both Private and Public-School Systems in The Bahamas; particularly, their academic accomplishments as confirmed by their Grade Point Averages, chosen intended college major, and tertiary institutions they were accepted to attend in Fall 2018. His brief but powerful
words were: “simply outstanding.”
Notwithstanding Dr. Smothers’ positive impression with the two top
graduating students, he was also concerned with the number of
“Eurocentric colleges and/or universities” that our students were accepted into, and equally concerned with the fact that very few Historically Black Colleges or Universities were mentioned.
In addressing the Honourees, he elaborated on the fact that the same Baccalaureate Degrees that they have chosen to pursue at the “Eurocentric institutions” are available at HBCU’s institutions. He proceeded to list Seventeen (17) HBCU’s headed by Alpha Brothers as Presidents and offered Six (6) scholarships to attend Philander Smith College to any of the 2018 Honourees.
As a result of Dr. Smothers’ challenge to the 2018 Honourees to consider an HBCU, the Brothers of Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter, holding true to our National Program, “Go to High School, Go to College,” have pledged to organize annually an HBCU College Fair in Nassau, The Bahamas. The goal is to expose and encourage graduating high school students (male
and female) in both private and public-school systems about the strategic advantages and benefits of attending an HBCU.
The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Iota Epsilon
Lambda Chapter, invited the Sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc., Eta Psi Omega Chapter, to partner in a Joint
Venture to organize and host annually a HBCU College Fair in
New Providence for the entire Bahamas.
Our histories, aims, objectives, commitment to scholarship,
leadership, community, and public service are similar and both of
our organisations have a proven track record locally through our
Honours Day Programs of recognising and awarding graduating
high school students for their academic excellence and scholastic
accomplishments in both private and public-school systems in
The Bahamas, and in giving scholarships to pursue tertiary
education at home and aboard.
After successfully hosting the HBCU College Fair in 2019, our
partnership has expanded to hosting over the past three (3) years
“Black History Month” in conjunction with The Counsellors Ltd on
the morning TV show Bahamas@Sunrise, featuring Bahamian
HBCU Alumni to further expose the general public, especially
high school students, to the opportunities and advantages
available in attending a HBCU.
Additionally, Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha have
partnered with the Ministry of Education – Scholarship and Loans
Division. While a number of students received full ride
scholarships, the partnership with the Ministry of Education
provided additional benefits to those students who received partial
We also wish to make mention of Corporate Bahamas for their
support and financial assistance in hosting the HBCU College
2019 Successful HBCU College Fair
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., held its First Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair on March 9 – 10, 2019 and March 30 – 31, 2019 at the British Colonial Hilton #1 Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas showcasing the following HBCU institutions, Fisk University, Florida Memorial University, Harris Stowe State University, Philander Smith College and Virginia Union University. Over the four-day College Fair over 600 high school students attended. At the conclusion of the College Fair over $3.5 Million Dollars was awarded in scholarship to Bahamian Students.
2020 HBCU College Fair Postponed due to Covid-19
The 2020 fair was scheduled to be held April 14 to 15, 2020, and more than 10,000 students registered to attend. The BahaMar Hotel was booked as the venue, and the 2020 HBCU fair was canceled a few days before the event because of COVID-19. Prior to cancelation, registration grew from 5 in 2019 to 20
HBCUs in 2020, and by all predictions, this event would have been even more successful than the 2019 fair in scholarship awards and attendance.
2021 HBCU Virtual College Fair
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Psi Omega Chapter, are pleased to announce our 2nd HBCU College Fair (virtual this year because of Covid-19), to be held Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 10:00 am to 1:00pm. Students and parents - you do not want to miss this opportunity to obtain a quality education at an HBCU, where you can obtain a quality education and at an affordable price.