James R. Roebuck PLBC Scholarship

This prestigious scholarship was named after Mr. James R. Roebuck- former member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC) and champion for education. Mr. Roebuck served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1985 - 2020 and served as chair of both the House Education Committee and the PLBC.

Applications will be reviewed and scored by the Scholarship Committee. Successful applicants will receive a $1,000 scholarship made possible by the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Foundation for educational purposes. Students are encouraged to use the scholarship award for tuition, fees, books, or school-related supplies and equipment.



Applicants must be a:

  1. Resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  2. Person of color
  3. Graduating high school senior or current undergraduate college student



Applicants must complete three (3) sections: the Online Student Application (Section I), an essay (Section II), and email supporting documents (Section III). 

Deadline is by 5pm on Friday, April 7, 2023. Applicants are responsible for submitting all material to the PLBC on time. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

Section I. Online Student Application (The application must be completed in the same session. It cannot be saved and referenced later.)

1.  Applicant Contact Information

Preferred Pronouns *

High School

High School Graduation date


College Graduation date

Parent/Guardian Name *

2. Social Media Handles:





3. Affinity Questions (Extra scoring points will be awarded to students with certain experiences):

Have you worked, interned or volunteered with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives or State Senate? (If yes, please indicate which office and dates.) *

Do you currently or plan to attend an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) or a PASSHE (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) school? (If yes, please indicate which school) *

Section II. Please select one of the essay questions below and answer in 500 words or less.

What is something you stood up for in the past? Describe your experience.

What is a goal you want to achieve and how does accomplishing this goal help your community?

If you could pass a law, what law would it be and why?

After submitting this form, you will be required to email the following information.  The email address will be provided upon successful submission.

- A resume that includes your work and volunteer experience, honors/awards, and extra-curricular activities, such as sports and clubs.

- Two (2) letters of recommendation (One of which must be from a faculty member of your present or former school)

-An official or approved unofficial transcript, including grade scale.

- A current color head shot.