Church Hosts 6th Annual College Fair (GA) as part of role to close achievement gap and expand college access

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MARIETTA, Ga., Oct. 12, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Turner Chapel AME Church Education Ministry (Marietta, Ga.), hosts its 6th annual college fair, beginning with a pre-college fair workshop by author and education ministry leader, Mychal Wynn, based on his new book, "Show Me the Money: A Comprehensive Guide to Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Making the Right College Choice," from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. The college fair runs from Noon to 3 p.m., Oct. 24, and is FREE to the public.

The 50 participating colleges, including Harvard, MIT, Duke, Purdue, and Syracuse, represent HBCUs, public and private institutions, military service academies, and technical colleges. The fair will offer workshops and resources, such as the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Questbridge Program, Posse Foundation Program, and Georgia Finance Commission.

The Turner Chapel AME Church, a 5,000-member congregation in Marietta, Georgia, led by Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Marcus (Senior Pastor) and Rev. Cassandra Y. Marcus (Co-Pastor), has received national acclaim for serving as a model of how faith-based institutions can support academic achievement, close the college knowledge gap, expand college access, and guide students into earning millions of dollars in scholarships. The church boasts of having 5 Gates Millennium Scholars, 3 Posse Foundation Scholars, and students admitted into America's most selective colleges and universities.

Youth pastor, Rev. Don Ezell, notes, "Our annual college fair is part of a comprehensive approach to inspiring, supporting, informing, and preparing students for college and careers. In 2014, students participating in our annual college planning cohort were offered over $4.3 million in scholarships and financial aid from over 125 colleges and universities-including such highly selective colleges as Cornell, Spelman, Morehouse, Xavier University (LA), Pomona College, Williams College, Wake Forest, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Boston University, and Syracuse University."

Emmy award-winning poet, Hank Stewart, whose foundation (The Stewart Foundation) is a partner, says, "The Turner Chapel AME Church Education Ministry is a national leader in establishing a clear role for faith-based institutions to encourage and support academic achievement for students from underrepresented and marginalized communities. Mychal and Nina Wynn, are providing tremendous leadership through their example of what the clergy and community-based organizations can do to supplement and support local schools."

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