History of the Multicultural High School Achievers Luncheon

Hosting its inaugural luncheon in 1987 under the name of High School Achievers of Color Awards Luncheon, this event was the brain child of then Director of the Educational Opportunities Program at the University at Albany, Dr. Carson Carr, Jr.

It was celebrated during February, marking a dual recognition of then named Black History Month as well as the academic achievement of Capital District area Junior and Senior high school youth of color. These individuals were recognized back then, as they are today, for not only excellence in the classroom, but for excellence in school and community leadership as well. The High School Achievers of Color honored Black, Latino, Asian-American, and Native American teens who were at the top of their classes; many of who went on to attend some of the nation’s finest institutions of higher education.

4200+ awardees later, this now renamed Multicultural High School Achievers Award Program has been expanded beyond a luncheon to include a day of workshops and panel discussions aimed at addressing questions and issues important to the college seeking honoree.