graduation_cap_and_book.jpgMIAMI-DADE — The 100 Black Men of South Florida recently presented the 2012 College Expo during which high school students got to meet officials from more than 50 colleges and universities, including Florida Memorial University, the University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, Miami-Dade College, Florida International University, University of Florida, Florida State University, Columbia University, Penn State University and many others.

Students could be accepted on the spot and be eligible for $5 million in scholarships. In addition to applying for scholarships during the Oct. 4 event at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo center, students had the opportunity to attend workshops and discuss admissions requirements.

Last year more than $5 million was awarded to attending students, officials said.

For more than four decades, 100 Black Men chapters around the globe have touched the lives of more than 500,000 young people, officials say, adding that through the 100's Four For The Future: Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness and Economic
Development programs, young people are given a competitive edge.

Since 1989 the 100 of South Florida has been in the forefront of such projects as its Leadership Academy, Positive Youth Development, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Shopping Spree programs and other programs aimed at enhancing the community.