Submitted by:

Paula Campbell for Lincoln Foundation

We'll take ownership!

We pledge to:

  • Create and support a college-going culture.
  • Use the business community's unique points of leverage to accelerate attainment.
  • Prepare Students for success in college, career, citizenship, and life.
  • Make post-secondary education accessible and affordable.
  • Increase educational persistence, performance, and progress.

Project Description:

Lincoln Foundation has enabled disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago. Our primary purpose is to holistically develop students in an educational culture that stresses academic achievement and graduation from college. We empower students to become productive, self-sufficient citizens. Lincoln Foundation annually serves approximately 400 students ages two through college with its year-round, nontraditional educational enrichment programs. The Foundation's signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® is perhaps the best example of the Lincoln Foundation's strength and impact of its mission to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement. The program was named for Dr. Whitney M. Young, Sr., graduate and first African American President of the Lincoln Institute, and his son Dr. Whitney M. Young, Jr., noted educator, statesman, and human rights advocate. The acronym YOUNG stands for Youth Organized to Understand New Goals. The ultimate goal of the program is academic achievement and college graduation. The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® annually recruits academically talented, economically disadvantaged seventh grade students and, over a six-year period, prepares them for high school graduation and college. Eligible students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and qualify for free or reduced lunch. Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars come from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities throughout the Louisville Metro area representing a multicultural, international group of students. The program serves approximately 250 Scholars per year in grades 7-12 through its three components including: • Gheens Foundation Educational Clinics: develop and enhance Scholar skills in science, mathematics, writing, and language development, oration and presentation, ACT preparation, and college readiness. Clinics are held at local area colleges and educational venues on the first and third Saturday of the month during the academic year. • Summer Institutes: Summer Institutes for grades 10 - 12 allow Scholars to spend two weeks on a college/university campus. This academic and residential experience prepares them for their upcoming school year and future college life. Summer Educational Programs: for grades 7-9 prepare Scholars for future courses in math, science and technology. • Parental Institutes: help parents become better advocates for their Scholars. Seminars address financial literacy and planning, adolescent behavior, conflict resolution, stress management, leadership development, understanding test scores, and how to select the best school. Meetings are held at Spalding University on the third Saturday of the month during the academic year. Lincoln Foundation assists Scholars and their families in identifying and obtaining scholarships and financial aid for post-secondary education. Guidance and scholarship assistance continue throughout the Scholars' college years. Scholars receive scholarships each college semester as an incentive for continued academic achievement. Lincoln Foundation has awarded an average of $61,000 per year in scholarships in the past five years.


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