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2020 Virtual College Fair

Friday, September 11, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Sept 11, 2020 @ 10:00 AM 


Make sure you have completed the general student registration form. 


Sign up for the fair on Hopin. You won't be able to enter the virtual fair without completing this step.


Login into the virtual fair 5 minutes before the fair start time.

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Why A Virtual College Fair?

The safety of the students, parents, educators, and college recruiters is the number one priority of the Next Step Education team. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recommended social distancing guidelines, we have made the decision to host a virtual college fair, with all of the Next Step Education experiences that our attendees have come to expect. We wanted students to have access to this impactful fair regardless of the instructional format of the upcoming academic year. 

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Taren Brown

Class of 2019

Fair Scholarship Offer Total: $197,600 

Currently at LSU

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Morgan Robertson

Class of 2019

Fair Scholarship Offer Total: $214,458

Currently at Duke

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Aaliyah Kelley

Class of 2019

Fair Scholarship Offer Total: $243,228 

Currently at NC A&T

This Could Be You!!!

Virtual College Fair Information

This year, student registration is a 2-step process.


(1) Complete the general student registration form linked above.


(2) To create a free Hopin account and sign up for the virtual fair HERE.

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Day 2

Saturday, September 12, 2020

College Funding 101

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The Next Step Education team has partnered with Succeed With Drive to host a Virtual College Funding 101 Workshop on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Our guest presenter, Mrs. Ebony Payno, will cover the specifics of financial aid, the FAFSA application, and how to receive multiple scholarships to fund your college education. The registration for the Virtual College Funding 101 workshop is separate from the Virtual College Fair registration.   

The student registration for the workshop is a 2-step process:


(1) Complete the general student registration form linked above.


(2) Sign up for the funding workshop on Hopin HERE.

Ebony Payno, Founder of SWD, is NOT your AVERAGE high school counselor! She has been instrumental in assisting families throughout Georgia with their educational, professional and personal endeavors since 2003. She is originally from San Diego, California, and relocated to Georgia to earn her Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from Clark Atlanta University. She is also a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, ASCA, GSCA, NACAC, and founder of Succeed with DRIVE, LLC., a college and career readiness program. She is the award-winning author of Not Your Average Educator Resource Book and Not Your Average Scholarship Workbook. She brings her passion and high energy beyond the walls of her school building and into the local communities in which she serves, offering college/career workshops and individual/group counseling sessions. She stands firm on the notion that all youth have the ability to unlock their innate qualities of DRIVE: Determination, Relentlessness, Innovation, Vision, and Excellence.

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Who is eligible to attend the Virtual College Fair?

The virtual college fair is open to all students, parents, and educators, including: private and home-schooled students. 

How does the virtual college fair work?

We are using a software platform called Hopin to host the virtual college fair. The student registration is a two-step process. After the initial student registration, all registrants will have to create a free Hopin profile to log into the platform and participate in the fair ( Student groups will need to have each student create a free Hopin profile. After the fair, we will begin to send resources including: scholarship opportunities, future events, and college readiness tips & suggestions. 

The virtual fair is on a Friday this year. I'll be at school. 

Several school systems have announced starting the academic year virtually. We have partnered with several schools who will have their students participate during the physical or virtual school day. If Friday, September 11, 2020 is not a virtual learning day for you, request that your school's administration allow time to be set aside for students to participate in this beneficial event.  

I'll be on a virtual learning day. What will I need to participate?

Students who will participate at home or from another remote location will only need access to the internet and an electronic device (computer, tablet, smartphone). 

What do I need to provide for on-the-spot acceptance and scholarships? 

All colleges will not have the ability to offer on-the-spot acceptance and/or scholarships. However, for those who do, high school seniors should have electronic copies of all application supporting documentation. These documents include high school transcript, SAT/ACT test scores, letters of recommendation, and brag sheets/student resumes (if available). Underclassmen (freshmen, sophomores, juniors) do not need to have supporting documents, but should prepare for professional interactions with college recruiters and other college personnel. 

If I have a question, how can I contact the Next Step Education team.

The best way to contact us is via email at During the fair, there will be Next Step Education Q&A booth for participants. 

How will I know which colleges are participating in the fair?

We will have the list of registered colleges on this page. The list will be updated regularly. 

I like what Next Step Education is doing. How can I support?

Next Step Education is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We would like to be your nonprofit of choice to support. Ways to support: Continued giving (on a regular basis), One-Time Giving, Shop AmazonSmile instead of and connect Next Step Education as your preferred nonprofit for Amazon to donate a portion of your purchases, Connect Next Step Education to your Kroger Plus Card for donations while you shop. Please visit the Donate Page of our website to support Next Step Education today. 

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