The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

Awards up to $8,000 over four years for qualified undergraduate students in need of financial aid to complete their degree.

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. 

The mission of the Herbert Lehman Fund is to help transform the promise of racial equality into a social, economic, and political reality for all people by supporting talented undergraduate students who need financial help to stay in school and successfully complete their bachelor’s degree.

Herbert Lehman awards are $2,000 per year for four years (as long as scholars remain in good academic standing and continue to meet the scholarship criteria) for a total of $8,000. 

Deadline Information

Deadline: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Graduating high school senior; first year student in an accredited four year college; or a student transferring into an accredited four year college
  • Financial need
  • Record of academic achievement
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service

Application Process

A complete application contains the following materials:

  • Completed Scholarship Application Form
  • Copy of acceptance letter to college you will attend
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Résumé
  • Copy of transcript from current school (finalists will be required to submit an official transcript)
  • 1 personal statement
  • 1 essay
  • Copy of SAT and ACT test scores
  • Copy of your Student Aid Report (FAFSA)
  • Finalists will be required to submit a head and shoulder photograph (passport size) when notified

IMPORTANT: Applications will be accepted via email ONLY. All nine items listed on the checklist must be attached in PDF format to one email and sent to with the heading: Herbert Lehman Scholarship - Last name, First name. If you need additional space in the application form, please attach a separate typed page. Applications sent to LDF in paper form or fax will NOT be accepted.