In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in our community, all Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® Educational Clinics and Parental Institutes are cancelled for the remainder of this school year. All tutoring is also being suspended. The cancellation or programming is being done out of an abundance of caution to prevent further spread of the virus.

The Lincoln Foundation office will remain closed until further notice. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. While the office will be closed, we will continue to do the work of the organization as best we can. All Lincoln Foundation staff will be working remotely and can be reached via email.

We are grateful to be part of a community coming together during these difficult times. Jefferson county Public Schools is offering emergency feeding sites where JCPS students can pick up free lunch during the Coronavirus closures. A full list of the emergency feeding sites can be found in the Louisville Metro Website.

We will provide updates as we learn more about the spread and impact of COVID-19. Please stay tuned for more information here on the Lincoln Foundation website, emails and phone calls.

The $30 for 30 Campaign

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.

Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® 30th Anniversary 


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.