The New York State HBCU Initiative is presenting its third annual Intro to HBCU event Friday, Jan. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Yonkers Riverfront Library, located at 1 Larkin Center.

The NYS HBCU Initiative is a volunteer project created by Yonkers native Dennis Richmond Jr., who is a 2013 graduate of Riverside High School in Yonkers and is currently a senior at Claflin University in South Carolina.

While on his 2016/2017 HBCU speaking tour, Richmond has spoken to close to 1,000 students across New York City and Westchester about scholarship opportunities, internships and types of colleges. To date, he has been awarded eight scholarships and is sponsored by many, including rapper Jadakiss. Richmond was featured on BET through the “UNCF An Evening of Stars” program in 2015, when he was awarded a $25,000 scholarship.