HAWKINSVILLE, GA, Dec. 14, 2016- Carolina Panthers defensive end and captain Charles Johnson is
continuing his commitment to his hometown community by sending local students to the 2017 Black
College Expo in Atlanta for the fourth consecutive year. The Charles Johnson Foundation will host
students from Wilcox County, Bleckley County and Hawkinsville High Schools. New this year, Johnson has
also extended the invitation to 7th and 8th graders from Hawkinsville Middle School. The event will take
place Saturday, February 4 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
The foundation will cover admission costs, meals, and transportation to and from the event. Many of the
students impacted by this initiative may not have the resources to attend otherwise. By covering costs and
transportation, the foundation is able to expose additional students to opportunities to continue their
education after high school and set their sights on college opportunities.
“I’m excited to send even more kids from my hometown community to this expo again,” Johnson said. “In
the past, it’s been an eye-opening experience. We want to help the students learn about their options and
get excited about the possibilities for the future. It’s not always easy for parents to get their kids to
Atlanta, and by providing transportation we’re making this available to many more students.”
Students should contact their school’s guidance counselor as soon as possible to sign up. Spots will be
filled on a first-to-register basis. The foundation urges students to only register if they are able to attend,
as space is limited. The deadline to register is Monday, January 23. Juniors and seniors are required to
complete an essay for the chance to win a college scholarship from the Black College Expo. Details on the
scholarship application can be found here and winners will be announced on-site at the expo. Juniors and
seniors must complete the essay in addition to the permission form in order for their seat to be reserved.
Students in 7th -10th grades are required to complete the permission form only.
The Black College Expo is a college fair that aims to inform and excite students about college, showcasing
more than 50 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as other educational organizations and
programs. At the fair, students can get assistance with college preparation and readiness, NCAA eligibility
and recruitment opportunities, as well as gain connections to career, internship and vocational
opportunities. High school seniors are encouraged to bring several copies of their transcripts as well as
SAT or ACT scores to potentially gain college acceptance, receive scholarships and have application fees
waived on the spot. There will also be band auditions at the expo with the opportunity to receive a
Parents/guardians of students attending that are interested in chaperoning can visit their child’s high
school guidance counselor to sign up. The foundation thanks those who have volunteered in the past, as
chaperones are required to make this event possible. To learn more about the Black College Expo in
Atlanta, visits the event’s website here. To read more about the Charles Johnson Foundation and its
initiatives, visit charlesjohnsonfoundation.org.
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