Dr. William “Bill” Cosby, Jr. Encourages Support for Lincoln’s First-Ever $10 Million Students First Campaign for Scholarships

Alum Kevan Turman ’01, MSR ‘08   Named new campaign manager

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Hollywood legend and philanthropist Dr. William “Bill” Cosby, Jr. is encouraging corporations, foundations, churches, the general public as well as alumni, faculty and staff of The Lincoln University to support the university’s first-ever $10 million Students First Campaign.

Dr. William “Bill” Cosby, Jr., General Chair,
Students First Campaign

Dr. Cosby serves as General Chair of the endowment campaign, which supports both merit and need –based student scholarships and ends June 30.  Over the past several months, the university has enlisted the support of alumni, faculty & staff as well as corporate, foundation and faith-based community leadership to also encourage support while numerous solicitations on Dr. Cosby’s behalf have been made to support the campaign.

“As you know, I have had a long relationship with Lincoln, and ask you to join me in ensuring its sustainability with your financial support in the University’s Student First Campaign for student scholarships,” said Dr. Cosby, who received an honorary doctorate of laws degree from Lincoln in 2011.  “Support is needed to help Lincoln attract the best and brightest students as well as assist the more than 96 percent of Lincoln’s students who depend on financial assistance.”

“With other wealthier majority institutions having the funding to attract more and more of our students, only at Lincoln will students realize that regardless of being the first in their household or first in their class, here, they truly matter,” he added.

Kevan Turman, “01. MSR “08, Campaign Manager,
The Students First Campaign

Recently, alum Kevan Turman ’01, MSR ‘08, formerly Assistant-to-the-President, was named new campaign manager.  Turman, 35, formerly the Director of Development at Grambling University in Grambling, Louisiana before returning to Lincoln, he also held prior positions as Director of Annual Fund at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, Associate Director of Alumni Clubs and Young Alumni Programs at the University of Delaware and Director of Alumni Relations at Lincoln.

“There is a short window of opportunity to close the gap on this campaign,” said Turman. “This is a huge undertaking for a school that has struggled with giving annually. However, the greatest part of this effort is the focus on providing our students with scholarships. This is our first-ever Endowment Campaign where casino online the interest accrued from monies raised will benefit both students in need and students who achieve.”

On Saturday, June 21 at 1 p.m., Kimberly Lloyd ‘94, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, will also host the Chairlady’s Garden Party on the campus.  All proceeds benefit the campaign.  Guest reservations are $20 per person. To make reservations, email: alumni@lincoln.eduor call: 1–800-726-3014.

Kimberly Lloyd, “94, Chair,
The Lincoln University Board of Trustees
Host, Chairlady”s Garden Party

Those who wish to make a contribution to the Students First Campaign should call: 484-365-7440.

To view the Students First Campaign video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5tVrK1_SaQ

Founded in 1854, The Lincoln University (PA) is the FIRST of four Lincoln Universities in the world and is the nation’s FIRST degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  The University combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society.  Today, Lincoln, which enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women, possesses an international reputation for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the FIRST African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the FIRST African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the FIRST President of Ghana, Nnamdi Azikiwe, the FIRST President of Nigeria and a myriad of others. 

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