Disney is tapping into the wealth of talent at historically black colleges and universities with the Walt Disney World Resort College Fair

This year, for the first time ever, Walt Disney World Resort is hosting a Disney On the Yard event, bringing high school students from across the Southeast and beyond to Walt Disney next month for the biggest HBCU week ever with a massive event World Resort will feature a college mass, a parade of pontificating marching bands, a battle between the bands and a live broadcast by ESPN.

The Oct. 7-9 College Fair is a partnership with the HBCU Week Foundation, which aims to encourage high school-age youth to enroll in HBCUs and create a pipeline for employment. In addition to fun and entertainment, the program also awards on-site college acceptance letters and partial to full scholarships. More than $10 million in grants is expected to be awarded.

Disney On the Yard is working to create opportunities for future storytellers and to strengthen ties with historically black colleges and universities. The Walt Disney Company conducts recruitment efforts directly to this campus. Disney On The Yard is a unique program that offers students enrolled at HBCUs the opportunity to showcase their skills and talent to The Walt Disney Company.

“We just want these students to have a chance at a successful career. Whether it’s Disney or another company, our heart is providing opportunities for mentorship, access, and the opportunity to go to college and continue to be successful in your career and we hope Disney is one of the companies you are considering,” said Avis Lewis, vice president of human resources, Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks International/Executive Champion, “Disney On The Yard”.

For more information on the upcoming Disney On The Yard event at Walt Disney World Resort and to register students for College Fair, visit www.HBCUWeek.org.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent organization of Walt Disney World Resort, ESPN and this network.

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