About Us

We empower youth to overcome adversity through education.

Our Mission

To provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming social and economic barriers to achievement

From Our President

During these unprecedented times as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations of all types are faced with making critical shifts in the services they provide. Lincoln Foundation is no exception.  All of our programs have been impacted as we operate remotely under the current quarantine and social distancing guidelines. We recognize this is also having an adverse effect on the youth we serve.

Marshall Bradley
Our Vision

Who We Are

"Lincoln Foundation will be the premier provider of out-of-school college preparatory programs for socioeconomically disadvantaged students in the region."

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.

Lincoln Foundation has empowered youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago. The independently operated organization today offers outside of school academic enrichment and college readiness programs for under-resourced youth throughout the Louisville Metropolitan area. The Foundation’s signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® annually admits high potential youth who demonstrate academic promise and, over the course of six years, prepares them for high school graduation and matriculation through college.