- Faith & Family
A college education is a privilege that helps citizens across America to be able to provide a better life for themselves and their families. Last Saturday, the Haitian American Scholarship Fund (HASF) made it that much easier for the Little Haiti community to take advantage of a college education by hosting the first annual Little Haiti College Fair at the Little Haiti Cultural Center [212 NE 59th Terrace].
“Our main goal here today was to provide information to the Haitian-American community,” said Justin Manuel, president of the HASF. “A lot of parents are not actively involved in their child’s education, so we have had to come up with ways to provide for students to get the information that they need to succeed. We have many colleges in our community, but sometimes they just don’t know.”
Several universities and colleges were represented at the fair including: Florida International University, Florida Memorial University and Miami Dade College (MDC). Representatives were on hand from the colleges and universities to give students and parents information on enrollment and financial aid among other things.
“We are here to give information to students about how to enroll in our institution, specifically freshman students,” said Jen Alcime, a representative of the Hialeah campus of Miami Dade College. “ We understand that the transition from high school to college is a big one and we are here to make that move easier . Getting the right information is a key part for the success of any student.”
The HASF was founded in 2001 with the goal of helping high school graduates and financially-strapped college students. While the turnout was a little shallow, Manuel believes next year’s fair will draw in even more people.
“This is really just a starting point for us; we will not stop here,” Manuel said. “We had a little crowd but there were some students that did come with their parents that were actively seeking information. This will be a yearly thing for us, next year it will be bigger. I know that we will have more students and more parents that will come to participate in the college fair.”
By Randy Grice