Lincoln Foundation

We are an independently operated organization offering outside-of-school academic enrichment and college readiness programs for under-resourced youth throughout the Louisville Metropolitan area.


Lincoln Foundation has empowered youth to overcome adversity through education since its founding by Berea College in 1910. Our mission is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming social and economic barriers to achievement.  

Latest News & Updates

Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® applications are now open and will remain open until March 15.  To apply, please click here to access the parent portal to create an account. You must have a parental account before you can apply.  Then follow the directions to complete the application.  All Whitney M. YOUNG Scholar applicants will be notified in May, and a new Scholar orientation will be held in June.  

To our WYSP Community:  Due to the current spike in COVID-19 infections caused by the Omicron variant, the Educational Clinics (ECs)scheduled for this Saturday will be held virtually.  In addition, the Parental Institute and ECs on January 22 and ECs on February 5 will also take place online.

Lincoln Foundation hopes to resume in-person educational programming in late February. Please check back later for any updates.  If you have any questions, please contact an educational programs staff member.

Lincoln Foundation renames office building in honor of former president.  Click here to read the full article.

Our Programs

Our programs serve the needs of academically talented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

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Parent Portal

Lincoln Foundation Parent Portal is the central hub where Parents/Students can apply,  manage enrollments, and pay the annual fee to their respective programs.

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Ways To Help

We are grateful to the many dedicated donors, partners, alumni, and volunteers for their valuable financial and in-kind support on an annual basis.

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