HIFF is a 501(c)(3) organization providing scholarships and leadership development to elevate Philadelphia’s top service-driven students. We honor those changemakers and leaders who are committed to improving their communities and beyond. We combine academic funding, a network of support, and leadership development to create the foundation for lifelong success.

The Herb it Forward Scholarship

Our application process focuses on a demonstrated commitment to community service while ensuring those with the greatest financial need get the support they deserve. This highly competitive scholarship program selects the scholars and alumni that make up the HIFF community.

How We Do It

HIFF supports engaging activities that promote community and individual development, including our well-known annual weekend-long Leadership Camp in the Poconos. We also host networking events, educational speakers, community service activities, peer mentorship, and more. Most importantly, we create the space for students to build a community and friendships that grow with them and last for life.


Inspired by Herb Lotman, a self-made businessman who dedicated his life to helping others and giving back, the Herb it Forward Foundation and Scholarship were created in his memory to educate those future leaders who will continue to pay it forward.

Herb Lotman