In the fall of 1987, an idea was born that was destined to have a tremendous impact on thousands of African American students throughout California and beyond. Gregory and Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye conducted their first Black College Tour. Even though only 35 students participated, the first tour was a huge success. They experienced an educational environment that supported them and discovered a strong sense of belonging the moment they set foot on campus.

On May 17, 2002, the couple created Educational Student Tours (EST) Incorporated (a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit) to achieve their vision of assisting foster and low-income youth to earn a four-year college degree. “We know that by positively impacting a student’s access to a four-year degree, you improve that young person’s overall quality of life and our collective future,” said the couple.

EST announced this week that it has selected 20 high school and community college students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to attend this year’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Tour.

The tours will permit students to apply on-site to one of eight colleges visited including Bennett College, Clark-Atlanta University, Hampton, Howard, Morehouse, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, and Spelman. They will also visit the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Students received either a full or partial scholarship to attend the tour as part of the grants given to EST for the past three years by Southern California Edison.

To learn more about the tours, including how to apply and donate, visit BlackCollegeTours.org.