HPA to offer summer college fair on June 20

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Twenty-five of the nation’s finest colleges and universities will be represented at the Summer College Fair hosted by Hawaii Preparatory Academy from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center. The fair is free and open to the public.

The Summer College Fair is being presented by College Horizons in partnership with Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, University of Rochester, and University of Southern California.

Lunch and orientation begins at 12:30 p.m., with the college fair running from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. In addition to Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, the following colleges and universities will be in attendance: Bowdoin College, Brown University, Carleton College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Franklin & Marshall College, Hanover College, Johns Hopkins University, Kenyon College, Lawrence University, New York University, Occidental College, Reed College, Swarthmore College, University of California Irvine, University of Hawaii at Hilo, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, and Whitman College.

“We invite all interested students and their families, teachers, and school counselors to come and learn about these amazing institutions,” said Joanie Brotman, who is working with College Horizons to coordinate the event. “Some of these schools have not been to the Big Island before, so it’s a rare opportunity to meet admission representatives from these top schools.”

Information sessions will follow the fair at 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Attendees can choose from the following topics: Financial Aid for Students, Financial Aid for Parents, Writing the College Essay, and Competitive Admissions. There also will be a special session for teachers and school counselors on writing effective letters of recommendation.

College Horizons is a college access, summer residential program for Native Hawaiian, American Indian, and Alaska Native students. One hundred students from the state of Hawaii and the mainland are participating in this year’s program.

For more information, contact Joanie Brotman at 989-1736, or email joaniebrotman@gmail.com.