The Herbert Lehman Scholarship is a national, highly competitive scholarship program that makes annual awards to qualified, outstanding undergraduate students. The scholarship was established in 1964 and is named after the former Governor and United States Senator from New York State. LDF chose to honor Senator Lehman in recognition of his integrity, persistence, and valor on behalf of numerous civil rights causes.
Herbert Lehman Scholarships were initially awarded to help African-American students attend formerly segregated four-year colleges and universities in the South and to increase the number of African-Americans in the legal profession. Today, Lehman Scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding character who are entering college for the first time or who are beginning their sophomore years in college and who will be attending an accredited four-year college or university as a full-time undergraduate student.
Awards generally do not exceed four years.
Students who are interested in applying for Herbert Lehman Scholarships are strongly encouraged to review the eligibility criteria and program description before submitting an application.
Lehman Scholarship candidates must be of excellent character and be able to present strong academic records, test scores, and personal essays. A candidate must have a demonstrable record of community and school involvement that reveals exceptional leadership potential with a capacity to work well in diverse settings. Moreover, s/he must provide strong recommendations from teachers, community representatives, or employers.
Lehman Scholarship applicants may be seniors in high school, high school graduates or freshmen currently enrolled in college or university.
Successful Lehman Scholarship applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited, four-year college or university.
HOW TO APPLY
Beginning November 1, our fillable PDF application will be available for download for the academic year. Please note: applicants may type directly onto the Lehman application form, save their information on that form and edit it as they see fit. Lehman applications should not be filled in by hand. If you are unable to download the application, please send a note of inquiry to the scholarship programs firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to:
The Herbert Lehman Education Fund
c/o NAACP LDF
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10006
You must include an email address with your note.
Applicants are expected to give considerable care to the preparation of their application, including their essays and supporting documents. They should remember the following:
- Applications that are incomplete, late or do not otherwise conform to instructions, will not be reviewed.
- Applications and supporting materials must be received (postmarked) by March 31.
- Final decisions on applications are not usually made before June 30 each year.