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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, Jr. the first African American President of Lincoln Institute and his son, Whitney M. Young, Jr., also an educator, 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 community and their families.
The program now annually serves the academic needs of 500 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. 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.