PLBC scholarship application deadline is April 22

HARRISBURG, April 8 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, reminds students that the application deadline for the scholarship program for 2016-17 is Friday, April 22.

The PLBC will award up to 10 scholarships to high school seniors and current college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university in the 2016-17 academic 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.

Pennsylvania students planning to attend an out-of-state historically black college or university may also apply and be considered for this scholarship.

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 and a 150-word essay on what you most admire about the applicant's state representative must be submitted with the scholarship application.

"Interested and qualified students must move quickly to apply before the deadline," 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 If they have any additional questions about the PLBC Scholarship Program, applicants can contact Brown's office at (717) 772-6955.