2017 BSF/ LSF School Fair

Thank you to our sponsors! On behalf of the black student fund, we would like to say thank you to our sponsors and volunteers.  We could not provide assistance to our families without your support.

September 10, 2017

Washington Convention Center

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


The Black Student Funds commitment to bringing independent schools and black families together led to the creation of the Annual School Fair in 1972. The Fair quickly became an effective student venue and continues to be one of the largest school fairs of its kind in the region. For forty years, the BSF/LSF School Fair  has provided a networking opportunity for thousands of families in the metropolitan area to meet with representatives from more than sixty independent schools. Parents and prospective students get first-hand knowledge about each school’s programs, community, admissions requirements and financial aid process. In addition, the fair features interactive seminars focused on the admissions process, the financial aid process and personal/family financial management. Since 2009, the Latino Student Fund (LSF) has collaborated with BSF on the event in an effort to increase Latino student enrollment at local independent schools.

School Fair Sponsors

  • Verizon
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation
  • National Black Church Initiative
  • Activity Rocket
  • V-Tech

BSF/LSF School Fair Workshops

Five Tips for Finding the Right School for Your Child – Dr. Rona Frederick  
The Catholic University of America Associate Professor Rona Frederick, Ph.D.  will present practical tips and strategies for navigating the process of finding a great fit for you and your child.
Admissions and Social Adjustment – Latino Student Fund 
Staff from the Latino Student Fund will review the basics of the independent school admissions process and discuss independent school climate and culture.

Testing and the Admissions Process – Dr. Linda McGhee 
Dr. Linda McGhee of McGhee & Associates, LLC.  will preview and discuss independent school admission tests including the WISC-IV and the WPPSI-IV.

Financial Matters For Educational Needs – Mark Baker 
Financial advisor Mark Baker will provide financing models and tips to help families finance K-12 and postsecondary education.
The Catholic School Experience- Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools 
Staff from the Archdiocese will share perspectives on academics, athletics, art and the power of Washington area Catholic Schools.
Meeting The Needs Of Students With Special Needs – BSF Member Schools 
No two students’ paths to greatness are the same, some may require differing support to achieve their maximum potential. Marcia Miller, the NORA School Admissions;  Nancy Roland, the Lab School  Admissions, and a Georgetown Day School High School Senior will share perspectives on special needs support at independent schools.
Affording Independent Education –Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Serving Our Children 
Staff from scholarship funders Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Serving Our Children (DC Opportunity Scholarship) will share perspectives and insights on K-12 financial aid and scholarships.

The Boarding School Experience: Middle School and High School 
Admissions representatives from the Arthur Morgan School,  the Masters School and Western Reserve Academy will share insights.

Collegefindme.com  College Workshop  
Collegefindme will present a workshop for students and parents showcasing their online college placement platform.

Black Student Fund is excited to support the Deb Moss Project Homeless project at our 45th School Fair. The project provides monthly care packages to homeless students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities including Howard University, University of the District of Columbia, Bowie State University, Morgan State University and Coppin State University. https://www.raneymossgroupfoundation.org/
Black Student Fund encourages attendees to bring one of the following items to this year’s School Fair: soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant and hair products.
THANK YOU for supporting The Raney Moss Group Foundation as they support area college students.

Two time Super Bowl Champion Poole will make a guest appearance at the Black Student Fund/Latino Student Fund School Fair on September 10th 2017 at the Walter Washington DC Convention Center. He will be speaking with student athletes in a workshop titled Ultimate Success of Life. In addition to a successful career in the NFL, Tyrone is a father, inventor, author and public speaker. His book Ultimate Success of Life is a guide that incorporates life lessons learned on the football field with his success outside.











For additional information, contact Walter Allen at wallen@blackstudentfund.org or (202) 387-1414.