NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- This weekend, a group of local high schoolers will head down to a college fair in New York City, to learn about some of the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities.

And for some, it’s a trip that could change their lives.

Hamden Hall junior Taryn Bellamy is one of the dozens of local high schoolers heading to New York City on Saturday for the Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair.

“Really figure out what type of school I want to go to. Not really where, but if it’s small school, big school, just gain knowledge on different colleges,” Bellamy said.

For the third straight year, Fixing Fathers, a local nonprofit, and the Mettle Entertainment Group are bringing students down with its “Get On The Bus” for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair.

Organizers said last year, 42 students took part in the trip with six high school seniors receiving on-the-spot admission and scholarship offers to a number of schools.

“There are a couple of schools I’m looking for Hampton, Howard. Right now I just wanted get some more information about those schools,” said McKenlley Harrell, a junior at New Haven’s Co-op High School.

He said he made the first trip as a freshman, saying it’s an opportunity to get your feet wet in the admissions process and to learn about all the different school.

He added that it’s a chance his mother never had.

“She couldn’t go to an out of state school, so with the opportunity I have, she’s pushing me to go to an out of state school like Morehouse or Hampton, so I can get an experience that she never got,” Harrell said.

Two buses will leave North Haven Saturday morning, and make another stop in Bridgeport to pick up some more high schoolers on their way down to New York City.

UPDATE: The following students were accepted into the following schools after this fair

Miss Brookelyn Hazelwood (High School Senior at Co-Op - New Haven)

Delaware State University

Miss Brookelyn was offered their $12,000 Gold Scholarship on-site!

Miss Terri McKnight (St. Joseph High School Senior-Bridgeport)

Delaware State University

Norfolk State University

Morgan State University

Dillard University

Tuskegee University

Livingstone College

Terri was offered $7,000 from Livingstone College on-site!

Camryn Shaw (Wilbur Cross High School Senior-New Haven)

Johnson C Smith University

Harris Stowe

Florida Memorial University

Virginia Union

Camryn was offered $5500 scholarship on-site from Johnson C Smith University!

Ms. Leila Pina (Hamden High School Senior - Hamden

Shaw University

Bowie State University

Johnson C Smith University

Mr. Evan Batiste (Sacred Heart High School Senior - Waterbury)

Tuskegee University

Mr. Christopher (Crosby High School Senior-Waterbury)

Virginia State University

Tafari Hendricks (Crosby High School Senior-Waterbury)

Talledega College

William Sapp, Jr. (Common Ground High School Senior-New Haven)

Tuskegee University

Florida Memorial University

St. Augustine’s University

Simone Watson (Capital Prep Harbor High School Senior-Bridgeport)

Morgan State University

Delaware State University

Lincoln University

Christina Massaquoi-(Co-Op High School Senior-New Haven)

Virginia Union

Norfolk State University

Shaw University

Harris-Stowe

Nyra Davis (Co-Op High School Senior)

Virginia Union University

Jasmine Thomas (Hamden High School Senior)

Virginia State University

Bowie State University

Ashliegh Genece (Hamden High School Senior)

Morgan State University

Delaware State University

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Mr. Stephen Stanley (Common Ground High School Senior)

Florida Memorial University

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