PLBC accepting scholarship applications

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, has announced the PLBC’s annual scholarship competition is open for the 2015-16 school year.

"I am pleased to announce that the PLBC will again play a role in helping minority students in their pursuit of higher education," Brown said.

The scholarships are available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university.

Brown said the students applying for the scholarship must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities.

A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted.

"Interested and qualified students should move quickly to apply," Brown said.

Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. The PLBC plans to award at least 10 scholarships this year. Each scholarship will be $1,000.

To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit and click on the Scholarships tab. If they have any additional questions about the PLBC Scholarship Program, applicants can contact Brown's office at (717) 772-6955.

The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, April 23.