Saturday, April 12, 2014 marked the launching of the 16th Annual PUSH For Excellence HBCU Tour. Two busloads of promising high school students departed from the National Headquarters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition at 50th and Drexel in Chicago to begin an event filled tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities during the week of Spring Break. Traveling with adult chaperones and staff members of PUSH Excel, the educational arm of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, these students will experience a slice of college campus life by meeting with students tour guides, admissions directors, teachers and coaches as they participate in a series of workshops geared toward preparing them for a successful college career.
“The purpose of this tour is to expose our children to great institutions that offer a nurturing, protective and productive environment,” said Jason Robinson, National Youth Director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and one of the tour organizers. “Exposure is the key to making informed, intelligent and meaningful decisions.”
The tour is open to Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors and a number of students attend the PUSH Excel HBCU Tour more than once during their high school years, in order to experience a variety schools as they examine what each college has to offer. In the past, high achieving Seniors who presented their transcripts and ACT scores to colleges and universities during the tour were often accepted for enrollment on the spot and even offered full ride scholarships.
The tour gives students insight into a range of institutions that they may not have considered attending without this opportunity. Historically black colleges and universities have produced over half of the nation’s African Americans in professional organizations, more than 50% of the nation’s African American public school teachers and 70% of African American dentists and physicians.
This year’s tour includes Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Tougaloo College, Florida A & M University, Spelman College, Jackson State University, Alabama A & M University and Rust College. Students will get a taste of the business world when they visit the Boeing Company in Huntsville Alabama and will get a taste of history when they visit the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta Georgia and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennesee. The tour also includes a bit of spiritual rejuvenation. Students will attend Palm Sunday services at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville Tennesee and Friday afternoon they will visit the Mason Temple of Church of God In Christ in Memphis, Tennessee.
Students will be greeting with a warm reception when they return Saturday morning April 19, 2014 during the Rainbow PUSH Saturday Morning Forum, broadcast live worldwide from the National Headquarters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition from 10am to 11 am Central Standard Time. . For more information, follow the Rainbow PUSH Coalition on Facebook, visit www.rainbowpush.org or call the Rainbow PUSH National Headquarters at 773-373-3366