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EIN 23-2907335
United Way Number 1300342
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Iota Phi Foundation

Sylvester Pace Historical Black College Tour

PO Box 99274 Pittsburgh, PA 15233





Dear Student:


Thank you for your interest in the Annual Sylvester Pace Historical Black College Tour.


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 of people in the greater Pittsburgh community. Since the tour inception, 900 plus high school juniors from the Pittsburgh area and neighboring counties have participated in visiting at least 15 HBCU’s annually.


Students will find out firsthand about the history of black colleges & universities’ rich traditions and college life directly from faculty staff and active students on campus. 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 an interview.
  • Letter of recommendation from your teacher, counselor or community leader.


Attached is the application for the Historical Black College Tour. Please complete the application packet in its entirety, application fee paid to Iota Phi Foundation and return by the third Friday in November c/o Michael Harrell, Iota Phi Foundation, PO Box 99274 Pittsburgh, PA 15233. The total cost for the tour is $650.00.  Students selected for the tour will be required to participate in a required fund raising activity. Date TBD later.


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

Click HERE to download the HBCU Tour Application