What is the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®?
  • Lincoln Foundation’s signature educational program serves the needs of academically talented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students in grades 7-12.
  • The goal of the program is to empower students toward academic achievement and college graduation.
Is This An Education or Career Development Program?
  • The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® is an educational enrichment and holistic development program with a college readiness curriculum focus for grades 7-12.
Who can apply?
  • Students in grade 6 who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and qualify for free or reduced lunch may apply.
When can I apply?
  • Lincoln Foundation accepts applications annually January through March.
How do I apply?
  • Students and parents/guardians must complete Sections A & B of the online application and then submit a link to a school representative to complete Section C.
What is the deadline to apply?
  • All three sections of the application must be completed by March 31. Incomplete and late applications will NOT be considered.
  • We highly recommend that Sections A & B be submitted no later than March 15 to enable your school representative time to complete Section C by March 31.
If I was not accepted in the past, can I reapply?
  • Yes. Eligible students who applied and were not accepted in a previous year(s) are encouraged to reapply.
Why was I not accepted even though I met the eligibility requirements?
  • The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® is highly competitive and space is limited, therefore not all who apply will be accepted.
What is the role of parents/guardians?
  • Parents/guardians are expected to actively participate and become strong advocates for their Scholars.
Is this a scholarship program?
  • No. The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® assists Scholars and their families in identifying/obtaining scholarships and financial aid for post-secondary education.
  • The educational program also provides Scholars with limited scholarships upon high school graduation and as an incentive for academic achievement throughout their college years.
Can I participate even if I don’t attend a JCPS school?
  • Yes. Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® is open to all public and private students throughout the Louisville Metro area and surrounding counties.
Is there a fee to participate?
  • Yes. Scholars accepted into the program pay an annual registration fee of $25.
Does Lincoln Foundation provide transportation?
  • No. Scholars are responsible for their own transportation, but Lincoln Foundation provides TARC tickets to those who ride the bus.
When do Scholars meet?
  • Gheens Foundation Educational Clinics usually meet on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month during the school year from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Parental Institutes normally meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month during the school year from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where do Scholars meet?
  • Gheens Foundation Educational Clinics meet at local area colleges and educational venues.
  • Parental Institutes normally meet at Jefferson Community & Technical College.
How long is the program?
  • Scholars typically are active in the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® for a six-year period from grades 7-12. Lincoln Foundation continues to support its Scholars through college and beyond.
Are there summer education program requirements?
  • Yes. Summer educational programs are offered for Scholars in grades 7-9.
  • Yes. Summer Institutes for Scholars in grades 10-12 meet for a two-week academic, residential experience on a college campus.
Who teaches the Scholars?
  • Lincoln Foundation staff consists of certified teaching professionals for all educational programs.
Who do I contact if i have additional questions?