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Historical Black College and University Tour

Applications are now being accepted for the 23rd Annual Sylvester Pace Historical Black College Tour, “Stepping into the future with the Omegas.” The will take place April 2-April 11, 2020. 

Since its inception over 2,000 high school juniors from the Pittsburgh area have visited 14 HBCU’s annually, including Tennessee State, Fisk, Tuskegee, Norfolk State, Hampton, Virginia State, Howard, Spelman, Morehouse, Claflin and South Carolina State. Approximately 44% of the students who go on the tour actually enroll at a HBCU. During the tour the students visited several historical landmarks including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (site of the 1963 bombing that killed 4 young girls), George Washington Carver Museum and the Martin Luther King Visitor’s Center and the Black Wax Museum.

In order to qualify for the tour, each student must submit the following:

  • High school transcript (minimum 2.5 GPA).
  • 300-word typed essay about your aspirations beyond high school. 
  • A $50 application fee via money order made payable to Iota Phi Foundation.
  • Letter of recommendation from your teacher, counselor or community leader.
  • In addition, each student must be available for a professional interview.

For more details and to download an application, click on the following link.

HBCT 2019-20 Application

Past Tour Highlights

The 22nd annual Sylvester Pace Historical Black College Tour was a huge success. Ninety-six (96) high school students participated in this educational and cultural experience. We give a huge thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, partners and especially to our chaperones. 


We look forward to working with next year's applicants and again helping to expose them to opportunities that can make their (and our) futures bright.