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An Introduction

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair is a non-profit, volunteer organization that partners with community and state agencies to introduce a multitude of students, eager to learn about higher education opportunities, to college admissions representatives from the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Throughout New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia, The Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair strives to be recognized by students, parents, legislatures, community leaders and educators as one of the premier events of its nature.

"Since 1999 the organization founded by my late husband, Malcolm, has partnered with community groups and state agencies to introduce nearly 200,000 diverse students to Historically Black Colleges and Universities to help students reach their higher education goals", says Barbara Bernard - Executive Director. The Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair began as a family-based company and continues its growth today, maintaining the values and caring spirit exemplified by Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, the Malcolm Bernard Career and College Prep program was initiated to create greater access to colleges for diverse underserved students. The program emphasizes financial literacy, college search, career exploration, application process and life skills. We achieve this by having college readiness workshops, forums and activities designed to increase the level of understanding to pursue a college degree for students, parents and guardians. We strive to have participants apply to colleges, get accepted and graduate with a minimal student debt.


Our Mission

  • To enlighten diverse students, parents/guardians, and counselors about the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  • To provide Historically Black Colleges and Universities a large pool of quality candidates, operating in a manner supportive of the role that HBCUs play in the educational system of the United States of America and throughout the world.
  • To promote programs and services which enhance the education of underserved students and provide scholarships to deserving individuals.

Our Milestones

  • 2000 Nov

    Traveled to NJ community college sites with 2000 students participating at 4 sites.

  • 2003 Nov

    NJ Department of Education, School District of Philadelphia, and community groups.

  • 2008 Nov

    Growth to 44 HBCUs with 7 fairs in 7 days over NY-NJ-PA tri-state region with 10,000 students.

  • 2017 Nov
    Continued Growth

    Moved forward with continued growth reaching 12,000 students with 7 fairs in 6 days.

  • 2018 Nov

    Celebrating 20th anniversary of community service and education advocacy

Connecting schools to students and students to schools.

Estd. 1999

We're connecting students to HBCU schools.

Enlightening, Encouraging, Empowering.

We're connecting HBCU schools to students.

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Our Impact


250K+ student participants since 1999.


More than 73 of the nation's 100+ most respected HBCUs.


$7 million in scholarships offered annually.


Over 6K on-site admissions awarded each year.