HBCU Tour for College-Bound Black Students From California Will Make a Stop at Predominantly White Florida Gulf Coast University

Each year HBCU Campus Tours leads students from California on four week-long tours of black colleges and universities in the southern states. Students typically will fly to one southern city and then take a bus tour across the South stopping off at several black colleges and universities along the way.

This November one tour will make a stop at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Florida. This is the first time that a non-historically black educational institution is being included on one of the tours.

Blacks are only 4.3 percent of the total enrollments at FGCU. However, Wilson G. Bradshaw, an African American, is president of the university. And the university is taking steps to increase the number of blacks on campus by recruiting at predominantly black high schools and sending representatives to college fairs throughout the southeastern United States.

FGCU is making the tour stop worthwhile for the black students from California. It is offering two full-tuition, out-of-state scholarships to any of the 45 students who will be on the tour that visits the FGCU campus.