On November 11, 2023 the Berkshire County NAACP and the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program are sponsoring 45 students from R.O.P.E., Pittsfield and Taconic High Schools, Berkshire Arts & Technology School in Adams and Monument Mountain High School in Great Barrington to the 25th Annual Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair.

Shirley Edgerton meets with students at Pittsfield High School to invite them to attend the Fair

Attending the Fair will be free to the students, who will travel by bus to the Fair location in New York City. Meals will also be provided.

“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. They strive to have participants apply to colleges, get accepted and graduate with a minimal student debt.  Graduating seniors can apply and receive scholarships the day of the fair.from the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair website