Louisville, KY March 15, 2019 – Lincoln Foundation Board of Trustees announces the retirement of President Larry M. McDonald from Lincoln Foundation. McDonald served the organization as a volunteer beginning in 1985 and became a trustee in 1997.  McDonald assumed the president role in 2001, transitioning from the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. Lincoln Foundation’s mission is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement. The signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® was founded by Dr. Samuel Robinson, President Emeritus. McDonald leaves Lincoln Foundation with an exemplary track record of expanding the Scholars Program, doubling the net assets, growing investment/endowment assets, and facilitating educational programs that have enabled thousands of students to become self-sufficient by obtaining their high school and college education.   His leadership enabled the renovation of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Birthplace, a National Historic Landmark, and Lincoln Institute Alumni Center on the historic campus in Simpsonville, Kentucky.

McDonald indicated to Lincoln Foundation’s Board of Trustees his retirement timeline several years ago.  Trustees developed a succession plan in 2018 and facilitated a national search for the next president. 

The Board of Trustees is pleased to introduce Marshall Bradley, Jr., as Lincoln Foundation’s next President effective April 1, 2019.  Bradley comes to Lincoln Foundation after serving as Senior Vice President for Old National Bank since 2006 and on the bank’s foundation board investment and grants committees.  Prior to Old National Bank, Marshall was Senior Vice President with both Chase (formerly Liberty) Bank and National City Bank.  

Marshall Bradley has extensive civic leadership experience having served four terms on Lincoln Foundation’s Board of Trustees, including serving as treasurer. Most recently he has served in an ad hoc capacity on the foundation’s finance committee and as a co-chair of the capital campaign committee.  Bradley also has been involved with the Community Foundation of Louisville where he served as board chair, and he currently serves as treasurer of the St. Matthews Fire District Board. Marshall served as board chair at Meredith-Dunn School and was a member of the Portland Neighborhood House and Walden Theatre boards. Marshall Bradley is a native of Louisville and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and MBA from Bellarmine University.

“The Board of Trustees believes that Marshall’s long affiliation with the Lincoln Foundation and his excellent business background make Bradley the right person to follow Larry’s exemplary leadership,” says Board Chair Daryl Williams.  Larry McDonald stated, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the leader of this great organization. I am pleased to pass the torch to Marshall who will lead Lincoln Foundation to the next level on behalf of our very deserving youth.”

McDonald will remain with Lincoln Foundation, for the time required, to ensure a smooth transition.


Thanks to the generosity of Kentucky Senator Gerald Neal and his wife, Kathy Cooksie Neal, a group of approximately 77 Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars had the opportunity to see Black Panther on March 3rd. “Gerald and I saw the movie opening weekend and found it to be fantastic,” said Cooksie Neal.”There are so many positive messages in the movie, we decided to help ensure kids who might not be able to afford the movie got the chance to see it.”

The Neals are superheroes in the eyes of the Scholars who expressed their enthusiastic thanks moments before the movie began. Scholars will discuss the significance of the movie and how to carry the positive messages in their own lives at a future Educational Clinic.


Tribute Event to Honor Hometown Jazz Great, Lionel Hampton

LOUISVILLE, KY – Lincoln Foundation in partnership with Dick Sisto, Ken Clay, Owsley Brown III, Louisville Public Media, Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, The Kentucky Center, Mike Balter Mallets and Vandoren Saxophone Reeds proudly announces the First, Annual Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase. The event will take place in the Bomhard Theater of the Kentucky Center on Saturday Oct. 7.

Dick Sisto, on vibraphone, is the artistic and music director who will lead a group of featured jazz artists who will pay tribute to jazz greats past and present.  They include Barry Ries, trumpet (Lionel Hampton); Bobby Broom, guitar (Sonny Rollins); Bobby Floyd, keyboards (Count Basie); Jim Anderson, bass (Benny Golson); Art Gore, drums (George Benson) and special guest Harry Skoler, clarinet (Berklee College of Music).

Louisville native Lionel Hampton was born on April 20, 1908. He popularized the vibraphone and played with the Benny Goodman Quartet before becoming a successful bandleader. Hampton received honors from Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He performed well into his 90s before passing away in 2002.

Mayor Greg Fischer and the city of Louisville have embraced this event and hope to honor this hometown jazz great and innovator with an official Lionel Hampton dedication day. The event will also feature a showcase of young percussion students on the vibraphone and drums.  A music scholarship will be considered for one of the participating youth.

Schedule and ticket information for the Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase will be announced later this summer. Proceeds from the event will benefit Lincoln Foundation’s signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.

Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago. The mission of the organization is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement. Lincoln Foundation outcomes demonstrate that students can break the cycle of poverty in their families through higher education. Students are holistically developed in an educational culture that stresses academic achievement and graduation from college.  Lincoln Foundation annually serves approximately 600 students from two years of age through college with its year-round, nontraditional educational enrichment programs.