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Historical Black College and University Tour

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.

22nd Annual Sylvester Pace Historical Black College Tour Application


Thank you for your interest in the 22nd Annual Sylvester Pace Historical Black College Tour, April 12-April 20 “Stepping into the future with the Omegas.” 


The Iota Phi Foundation of Pittsburgh is a non-profit corporation that is organized and operated by professional, educated black men who volunteer their time to improve the quality of life for people in the greater Pittsburgh community. Since the tour inception, 900 plus high school students from the Pittsburgh area and neighboring counties have participated in visiting HBCU’s.


Find out first hand about the history of black colleges & universities in the states of Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, North & South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition, students will have an opportunity to visit African American historical sites.  


Student must submit the following:

  • High school transcript (minimum 2.5 GPA).
  • A 300-word typed essay about your aspirations beyond high school.
  • A $50 application fee via money order made payable to Iota Phi Foundation.
  • Student must be available for a professional interview on the following dates December 1 or 2, 2018, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Letter of recommendation from your teacher, counselor or community leader.


Attached is the application for the 2018-2019 Historical Black College Tour. Please complete the application packet in its entirety, application fee paid to Iota Phi Foundation and return by October 31, 2018, c/o Michael Harrell, Iota Phi Foundation, PO Box 99274 Pittsburgh, PA 15233. If selected, students must attend three mandatory orientations to be held at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, East Liberty section of Pittsburgh on January 19, February 2 & 9, 2019The total cost for the tour is $700.00. Students selected for the tour will be required to participate in a required fund raising activity.


The members of Iota Phi Foundation look forward to meeting those interested in embarking on our 22nd annual “Sylvester Pace Historical Black College Tour.” I want to thank you in advance for your continued support of our annual college tour.