On Social Justice
The entire Lincoln Foundation Board of Trustees and staff are saddened by the recent events of discrimination and systemic violence against people of color. We stand in solidarity with those who peacefully protest for equal justice under the law. Since our beginnings, Lincoln Foundation has existed to provide an avenue for youth of color to navigate past the policies and laws that create barriers to academic success. At our core, we have always believed that Black Lives Matter.
The tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor,
Our signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® teaches our Scholars to compete academically. Our students learn to respect and value the dignity of all members of society. In the past, our Scholars have read and studied the book “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore. We have held sessions with our Scholar community teaching our families what to do if they are ever stopped by police.
Lincoln Foundation stands in solidarity with our Scholars, their families, teachers, staff and trustees seeking equality and social justice. We are committed to our mission to remove the barriers our Scholars and their families face during this time of uncertainty. We also join in the call for justice and systemic change to create a better world for all because, Black Lives do Matter.
Demonstrate your appreciation for the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® by making a gift to help a current or future Scholar. Please consider a gift of $30 in recognition of the 30th anniversary by making a secure online donation, here.
Thirty years ago, Dr. Samuel Robinson, Lincoln Foundation President Emeritus launched a bold new initiative to “offer academic and financial assistance for Jefferson County students who have college potential but lack the necessary funds to further their higher education.” And so began the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®. The idea was to provide 7th grade students year-round educational and personal support through high school. A total of 50 students were inducted into the program on November 19. 1990. The program is named for Whitney M. Young, Sr. the first African American President of Lincoln Institute and his son, Whitney M. Young, Jr., also an educator, graduate of Kentucky State University, head of the National Urban League and advisor to three sitting U.S. Presidents.
Today, the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® continues as a college readiness program. Educational Clinics, Parental Institutes, and summer programs including Summer Institutes are offered to empower young Scholars toward academic achievement and ultimately college graduation. Students are also given the opportunity to develop leadership skills that benefit their schools, Their families and their community.
The program now annually serves the academic needs of 450 Scholars in grades 7 through 12, with more than 150 currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. More than 433 degrees have been earned by Scholars. Today, Whitney M. YOUNG Scholar alumni are young leaders in the fields of business, law, healthcare, education and public service. The academic successes and professional achievements far exceed Dr. Robinson’s initial expectations for the program.
As Lincoln Foundation marks the 30th Anniversary of the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® we look forward to sharing the stories of Scholars, past and present who credit the program for helping to shape them into the individuals they are today. These accomplishments are made possible thanks to the many philanthropic gifts from our generous supporters who believe in the power of education to change lives.
We thank you.