Students from Foster High School are preparing for a 2-week trip to the east coast and south in the spring. Many of them will be looking for a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to attend in the very near future. Northwest Black Pioneers, the group who puts the tour together for many schools in the Seattle metro area, has been coordinating trips from the Seattle area to HBCUs along the eastern seaboard and southeast for the past 25 years. This will be the first year that the organization will be working on taking a group en mass from Foster High School in hopes of setting a precedence for years to come.
"At those Universities you will get the same or better education that you would get where you are not the majority, but you will thrive where there are people who look like you." said Robert Delgardo of Northwest Black Pioneers.
The Foster students tour will take place April 7th through 20th. The program is open to any and all students willing to participate in the program. There is an application and an essay that is required for them to participate.
The trip will take them to:
- Ohio: Cheyney and Wilberforce Universities
- Maryland: Morgan State and Coppin State Universities
- Virginia: Virginia State, Norfolk State and Hampton Universities
- North Carolina: NC A&T, NC Central, Winston-Salem, and Johnson C. Smith Universities
- Tennessee: Tennessee State University, Fisk University and Meharry Medical College
- Georgia: Spelman and Morehouse Colleges and Clark Atlanta University
- Alabama: Tuskegee and Alabama State Universities
- Mississippi: Jackson State University and Tugaloo College
- Louisiana: Xavier and Southern Universities
There will be many fundraisers happening in and around the Tukwila community to help defray the cost of the trip. There is an upcoming pancake breakfast being held November 3rd at First AME Church located at 1522 14th Avenue in Seattle from 8am to noon.