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BFR College Tour

We believe that visiting college campuses helps students and their families make an informed decision and allows them visualize success and make it attainable.

2024 BFR College Tour Stops + Information

The Inaugural BFR College Tour presents an enriching opportunity tailored specifically for African American students and those from diverse backgrounds, seeking to illuminate the pathways to higher education. This year, the tour focuses exclusively on exploring two of the nation’s esteemed historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Wilberforce University and Central State University, over two insightful days.

  • Raise local/regional college awareness within the economically disadvantaged communities in the Greater Cincinnati region
  • Help students learn to assess the college’s ”fit” for their individual goals/ needs by meeting key staff, departments and interacting with current students
  • Connect the students to alumni from various institutions so they can understand more about the school and their programs
  • Ensure they will be able to explore a variety of academic opportunities and begin to understand/ inquire about the various options to pay for college including scholarships and financial aid at the different colleges
  • Students will also be able to inquire about the career and graduate school placement outcomes for each campus

The Inaugural 2024 BFR College tour 

Departure Location:
Fountain Square ( near the stage)

Dates / Departure Time:

  • August 15th, 2024
  • August 16th, 2024
  • 9:30am

Tour Stops:

  • Wilberforce University
  • Central State University

College Tour Attendees:
We are anticipating 40 students that are African American and or come from diverse backgrounds that have expressed interest in college or have been identified by their school administration as a student that would excel in the collegiate environment once they understand the admissions process. 

Wilberforce University:

Wilberforce University, established in 1856, stands as one of the oldest HBCUs in the United States. It was founded through the collaboration of the Cincinnati Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a diverse group of trustees. After facing a temporary closure during the Civil War, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church purchased and reopened the university in 1863, making it the first HBCU owned and operated by African Americans.

Central State University:

Central State University traces its roots back to Wilberforce University, having been established in 1887 as the Combined Normal and Industrial Department to offer teacher training and vocational education for African American students. It became an independent institution in 1947 and was renamed Central State College in 1951, later achieving university status in 1965. The university now boasts four colleges dedicated to Education; Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture; Business; and Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

2024 BFR College Tour Sponsorship Tiers

$15,000- Presenting Sponsor

    • Company Logo recognition on website, social media, publicity materials + acknowledgement as the 2024 BFR College Tour Presenting Sponsor at all events
    • Opportunity to briefly address students/tour attendees at top of tour before departure on date of event
    • Company Marketing/Promo items can be given to students

$10,000- Signature Sponsor

    • Company Logo recognition on website, social media publicity materials + acknowledgement as 2024 BFR College Tour Sponsor at all events
    • Company Marketing/Promo items can be given to students

$5,000- Contributing Sponsor

    • Company Logo recognition on website, social media publicity materials + acknowledgement as 2024 BFR College Tour Sponsor at all events
    • Company Marketing/Promo items can be given to students