Please note: Application for Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® 2022-2023 academic year for rising 8th and 9th graders is now closed. Accepted applicants will be notified by May 31, 2022.
Welcome to Lincoln Foundation Programs Portal!

Lincoln Foundation’s educational programs serve the needs of academically talented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Our mission is to provide programs that empower students toward academic achievement and college graduation.

Our signature program is the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® which annually admits high potential youth from under-resourced communities throughout the Louisville area.

Students commit to participating in experiential Saturday morning and summer programs that prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally for high school graduation and the rigors of college.


  • Students must be entering the 8th or 9th grade
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch

How to become a Whitney M. YOUNG Scholar

The window to apply to the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® (WYSP) will open on January 4, 2023. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for parents and potential Scholars to complete their portions of the applications is April 1, 2023. The deadline for school representatives to complete their portion of the application is April 1, 2023. Students who will be entering the 8th or 9th grade in the Fall of 2023 are eligible to apply. Students will receive notification of their acceptance into the program in May 2023. To apply, please click here to create an account.

Current Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars/ Parents

Login to your account here to access Student Academic & Acknowledgement Release Forms.

Click here to Login

If you have any questions regarding any of the Programs or Applications, please contact us.

How does it work?

By registering and creating an account, you can login to your account anytime to update your information, download/complete additional required documents, and review any changes you have made.

School Representatives
When you create an account and a "School Representative Profile", you can view all student applications that require your attention. You will get notified (via email) when a student application needs your input. Student's information will be "pre-filled" so you will spend less time completing a form.