Desmond King Awarded Robert D. Lynch Leadership Scholarship

January 18, 2013

D. Richard (Desmond) King, a Junior at Cheyney University, was recently awarded the Robert D. Lynch Leadership Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Black Conference On Higher Education.

King earned the $1000 scholarship based on scholarship, interpresonal skills, leadership, writing, speaking and computational skills, extra-curricular activities participation, and a grade-point average above 3.0.  The Lynch scholarship places special emphasis on the student's leadership skills and academic record.  In addition, King was judged on his essay, ???????????????. The essay was a requirement of the application.
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Mr. King is a Business Administration Marketing Major and active in many activities on campus, including  helping as Admissions Student Ambassador Coordinator for Customer Service, Social Media Manager for Office of Admissions, and is 2012-2013 Director of Public Relations-SGCA INC. He also serves as a resident advisor in the New Residence Hall 
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About the award:
The Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) is made up of African Americans and other underrepresented professionals from the public and private sector, education, business, social services, law, and government agencies that have a deep commitment to improving and ensuring the education of underrepresented students.PBCOHE focuses on key issues affecting the future of higher education in Pennsylvania and provides input to the various sectors of government, education, and community leaders that impact the lives of underrepresented groups at Pennsylvania colleges and universities. The purpose of PBCOHE is to insure that the educational needs of minorities and African-American students in Pennsylvania are addressed. 
Dr. Robert D. Lynch was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education and in 1986 established the Robert D. Lynch Student Leadership Development Institute as part of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education. He earned a bachelor of science degree with a major in instrumental and vocal music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, followed by a master of education degree in elementary education from IUP and a master of music education from Duquesne University. He did doctoral work at Penn State University. He began his career at Lock Haven University in 1969 as an associate director of music and project director for Upward Bound. He retired in 1998 as assistant to the president for administration and director of social equity. In 1998 he became a member of the LHU Foundation Board and served on the Advancement and Grants Committee.