PLBC accepting scholarship applications

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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 2013-14 school year.


“I am greatly pleased to announce that the PLBC will again play a key role in removing many obstacles confronting minority students and their families concerning 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 a Pennsylvania college or university.


Brown 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.


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


“Students should move quickly to apply,” Brown said.


Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. The PLBC will award at least five scholarships this year, with a maximum of 10 awards.


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 717-783-3822.


The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, May 22.