PLBC accepting scholarship applications until April 30

HARRISBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, has announced that the PLBC’s annual scholarship competition is accepting applications up to April 30.

“I’m more than happy to announce that it’s again that time of year where the PLBC is offering to assist minority students in pursuing higher education,” Gainey said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their dedication and commitment to enrolling in college and pursuing their dreams.”

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

Gainey said the students applying for the scholarship must be an ethnic 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.

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

Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered and the PLBC only will acknowledge receipt of those first 250. So, while applications will be accepted up to April 30, students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible, Gainey said.

Finalists will be contacted in mid-May. If selected, the recipient will receive a $1,000 award. Awards are one time only and are restricted to undergraduate study.

To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit Any and all questions regarding the PLBC Scholarship Program can be directed to Gainey’s office at 412-665-5502