• Area students gearing up for free, college prep event


    Many area students are preparing to turn up for higher education at the 3rd Annual TurnUp for College event hosted by the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    “We’re always looking for opportunities to make a difference. Within our organization we dedicate ourselves to empowering our youth through education, scholarship support and financially,” said Pamela Murphy-Lewis, president of the organization.

    The full-day event offers high school students and their parents the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of preparing for college.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with various college and university representatives, including North Carolina A&T State University, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Central University and Fayetteville State University.

    Justus Jenkins, a junior at Phillip O. Berry High school, said he is excited to meet with representatives and hopefully get answers that will better prepare him for higher education.

    “Hopefully with the college fair… I will get to see more schools and keep my college decisions open. I hope to learn about what actions I can take now in order to be prepared for college,” said Jenkins.

    The day will be structured around several workshops tailored specifically to parents and students, covering topics such as writing college essays, transitioning from high school to college, campus safety and financial planning.

    “I will need help with finding scholarships and completing the application because sometimes scholarships can be very hard to find. Especially with me being a junior there aren’t that many out there for me to apply for at this moment,” said Jenkins.

    TurnUp for College is a free event and open to the public. Click here to register for the event.

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