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.


Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Attend Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

Congratulations Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars for being chosen to attend the inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards last night! That’s right – 40 Scholars from grades 7-12 dressed to the nines to witness Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Chip Carter (for his father the former President Jimmy Carter), and Louisville’s adopted son, Mark Hogg, of WaterStep, received the top awards. What an honor and thrill it was for the Scholars to be invited. We are so proud of them!



Phase 14 Whitney M. YOUNG Scholar Wins National Poster Contest

Lincoln Foundation congratulates Whitney M. YOUNG Scholar Jose Soto-Hernandez for winning the 2012 International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA) student poster design competition.  Jose, a Phase 14 Scholar, is a senior in the Graphic Communications Management Program at Eastern Kentucky University.  For more information, please visit


Whitney M. YOUNG Scholar Dominique Luster Named 2013 Derby Princess

Congratulations to Phase 15 Whitney M. YOUNG Scholar Dominique Luster who was named a 2013 Derby Princess. For more information please visit the following link to the Courier-Journal:  The Royal Buzz – 2013 Derby Princesses.


In The News – Whitney M. YOUNG Scholar Tabitha Awoniyi

Check out this article in the Courier-Journal about 11th Grade Scholar and aspiring broadcaster, Tabitha Awoniyi!

Tabitha Awoniyi, Aspiring Broadcaster

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Proclaims Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Day

At the 17th Annual Evening of Jazz held on August 24, 2012, Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher presented Lincoln Foundation President Larry McDonald with a proclamation declaring that day as Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Day.