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May 24, 2002

Two Lincoln Alumni Selected to Receive Scholarships for High Academic Performance; Horace Mann Bond-Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship is Awarded to Students Studying for Graduate Degrees in Pennsylvania

Two recent alumni of Lincoln University have been selected to receive the Horace Mann Bond-Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship for their high academic performance and to pursue graduate degrees in dentistry.

The two scholarship recipients are Rhasheda V. Henley, who graduated from Lincoln in May 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in biology, and Eric R. Copes, who earned his bachelor of science degree from Lincoln in general science in May 2001. Both are residents of the City of Philadelphia and have been accepted for enrollment in the fall of 2002 in Temple University's School of Dentistry.

The Horace Mann Bond-Pinckney Hill Scholarship provides full tuition for law, medical or dental education at Temple University, Pennsylvania State University or the University of Pittsburgh to eligible graduates of Lincoln University. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has funded the scholarship since 1983. It was restructured in 1998 to increase the amount of qualified students from Lincoln entering post graduate and professional education in Pennsylvania universities.

To qualify, candidates must be seniors or recent graduates (within the last five academic years) of Lincoln University, and accepted as a full-time student in a professional program of law, medicine, or dentistry at Temple University, Pennsylvania State University or the University of Pittsburgh. Candidates must be residents of Pennsylvania and citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Candidates must be nominated by Lincoln and must demonstrate high academic performance and maintain satisfactory progress.

Students will receive a commitment of financial support up to a maximum of four academic years, based upon satisfactory performance. Scholarship awards will be applied toward tuition and tuition-required fees. The program can support a maximum of 40 full-time scholarships.

The scholarship is named for Horace Mann Bond, a 1923 graduate and former president of Lincoln University, and Leslie Pinckney Hill, who served as the first president of what is now Cheyney University.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University provides the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of students living in a highly technological and global society. Besides its main campus in southern Chester County, Lincoln also operates the Center for Graduate and Continuing Education in Philadelphia. The University enrolled 1,871 undergraduate and graduate students during the 2001-2002 academic year.

Lincoln has achieved several recent national distinctions. Lincoln University is:

    • ranked 2nd in the nation in graduating African Americans with baccalaureate degrees in the physical sciences.
    • ranked 12th in the nation in graduating all minorities with baccalaureate degrees in the physical sciences.
    • ranked in the top 2% in the nation in graduating African Americans with baccalaureate degrees in computer and information sciences.
    • ranked in the top 2% in the nation in graduating African Americans with baccalaureate degrees in biological and life sciences.
    • ranked in the top 3% in the nation in graduating African Americans in all academic disciplines.
    • one of 20 universities nationwide where 40% or more of its physics graduates are women. noted for graduating 7% of African American physics majors in the U.S. in 1999.
    • ranked first in Pennsylvania in graduating African Americans with baccalaureate degrees in the physical sciences. These national distinctions are continuations of the Lincoln University tradition of educating an impressive list of African Americans who have distinguished themselves as doctors, lawyers, educators, businesspersons, theologians and heads of state.

For more information, contact:
Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
610-932-1094; e-mail: spressley@lu.lincoln.edu; home: 856-582-9574.

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