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Horace Mann Bond - Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship

The Horace Mann Bond - Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship Program (formerly the Equal Opportunity Professional Education Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to highly-qualified Pennsylvania students from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Lincoln University who pursue pre-professional programs in law, medicine, podiatry, and dentistry at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pittsburgh and Temple University.

The program originated in 1983 as part of an agreement between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, to desegregate the Commonwealth's public institutions of higher education.  The scholarship is named in honor of two distinguished past presidents of Lincoln University and Cheyney University, Horace Mann Bond and Leslie Pinckney Hill, respectively.

Based upon funding by the General Assembly, the Bond-Hill scholarship program provides full tuition, fees and textbooks to recent graduates from Cheyney University and Lincoln University who meet program eligibility requirements and are accepted into approved graduate programs at the three partnership universities.

Priority funding is awarded to students enrolling in law, medicine, podiatry and dentistry.  Based upon available funding, additional scholarships may be awarded to students admitted to master's programs in Business Administration, Public Administration, Health Administration, Public International Affairs, Science, Public Health, as well as doctoral programs in Education, at the partnership universities.


Eligible students must:

  • Be a graduate of Cheyney University or Lincoln University
  • Be accepted to PSU, Pitt or Temple in an approved program of study
  • Enroll full-time in the program within five years of graduating from Cheyney University or Lincoln University
  • Be recommended by the Scholarship Program Administrator at Cheyney University or Lincoln University
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania



Application packets are due to PDE no later than July 1 to be considered for the upcoming academic year.  The undergraduate institution is responsible for submitting a student's application packet to PDE.  Students should not apply directly to the Department.

Students from Cheyney University, click here for more information and to download an application.


Students from Lincoln University, click here for more information and to download an application.




The number of scholarships awarded and renewed each year is based upon the availability of funds from the General Assembly. Awards vary by individual, based on the student’s graduate program and institution. 


Students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four academic years (eight full-time semesters) as long as they maintain satisfactory academic status as defined by the graduate institution and make academic progress toward the professional degree.


The Horace Mann Bond-Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education.  



For additional information, please contact:

Julie Rutledge Kane | Higher Education Associate 2
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Postsecondary Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.772.3643 | Fax: 717.772.3622
ra-patrac@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us