In 1985, Shirley Ann Allen had a dream and vision to give students the opportunity to experience the widest possible variety of higher education choices. She began meeting and working with young people in her home and spreading information through the inter-city 4-H Club group. In 1989 she and 2 committed volunteers, Sidney Bailey and Earnestine Tolbert, launched the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Tour Experience.
In addition to visiting the colleges and universities, the tour includes visits to locations that offer a rich educational and cultural tour experience for the students. Each year we strive to take 2 busloads of students and chaperones to experience college settings to expose students to a variety of academic opportunities; as well as learning the many benefits of attending institutions of higher learning.
The HBCUTE is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit agency affiliated with local community organizations and schools. The purpose of the HBCUTE is to provide students with exposure to the quality education provided by historically black colleges and universities through several opportunities, which include:
Many students who have shared this experience would not have had the opportunity to do so if it was not for the generous hearts of giving of individual donors, groups, and corporations.