Lincoln University Alum to Compete in Miss Philadelphia 2012

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Donielle Turner Lincoln University – On Saturday, Mar. 31, at Drexel University, Lincoln University graduate, Donielle Turner and 18 other women will compete for the title Miss Philadelphia 2012.  The winner of this title will then compete for Miss Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh during the month of May.  Ultimately, the winner of the Miss Pennsylvania title will compete in the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

Turner has competed in pageants from the ages 4-13 but stopped participating as she got older.  As an opportunity to get back “in the world of pageantry,” she entered another pageant and won the 2010 Miss Black Philadelphia Pageant held on May 29, 2010.  She also competed in the 2011 Miss Black America Pageant which is one of the biggest competitions for African-American women.

Turner is a 2011 graduate from Lincoln with a dual degree in Psychology and Religion.  During her time as a student, she was on the board of the Psychology Club and was a member of the Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society.  She was recently accepted into Drexel University Master’s program in Creative Arts Therapy with an emphasis on Dance/Movement Therapy.  When she receives her Master’s, Turner plans to work in the Creative Arts Therapy field and advance to obtain her Ph.D.  She then expects to open her own practice – a Behavioral Health and Creative Arts Therapies Center.

Turner is currently a member of the Association of Black Psychologist, Amnesty International, and is certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Preconception and Infant Mortality.


Lincoln University – founded in 1854 as the nation’s first Historically Black University – combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University enrolls approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Internationally recognized for preparing learners and producing world-class leaders in their fields, Lincoln has created five academic Centers of Excellence-programs of distinction. They are:  Business and Entrepreneurial Studies, Lincoln/Barnes Visual Arts, Mass Communications, Grand Research Educational Awareness, Training (GREAT) for Minority Health, Teacher Education and Urban Pedagogy.

Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln offers a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.