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Campus Hosts Lincoln Foundation Signature Program

Campus Hosts Lincoln Foundation Program

Submitted on July 31, 2018

They stood tall. Poised. Confident. These were the 11th-grade students completing their academic/residental two-weeks on the Georgetown College campus in July as Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars. Before an audience of educators and parents, they were presenting as teams the final results of their analysis and research into current social issues.

A panel of judges listened intently before awarding “best of” recognition on quality of research and content, demonstration of clarity in thought, identification of the difference between opinion and fact, and overall style of presentation.

Topics included immigration (judged best research), abortion (best content), prostitution, and the impact of social media (best overall content) on today’s society. Subjects were chosen by the students themselves.

At Georgetown College, the YOUNG Scholars Program™ is led by Dr. Ellen Emerick, Associate Professor of History, with assistance from Mrs. Brenda Bender, Miss Jessalyn Brown, and Mr. Kurron Carmichael.  Ms. Robbi Barber, Associate Director of the Office of Faith and Service and Director of the Bishop Scholars Program at Georgetown College, coordinates the program for the campus. All instructors expressed their appreciation for the students’ seriousness of purpose and overall camaraderie.

This was the 11th summer for Georgetown College to host the YOUNG Scholars. The acronym stands for Youth Organized to Understand New Goals. The program was created by the Lincoln Foundation and named for Dr. Whitney M. Young, Sr., graduate and first African American President of the Lincoln Institute, and his son, Dr. Whitney M. Young, Jr. noted educator, statesman, and human rights advocate.

The YOUNG Scholars Program™ is the Lincoln Foundation’s signature educational program serving the needs of academically talented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students. The goal is to empower students toward academic achievement and college graduation. Mr. Larry McDonald is Lincoln Foundation President and CEO.

Since the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program™ was created in 1990 by Dr. Samuel Robinson, President Emeritus, over 400 of its graduates have excelled academically in college, commented Dr. Bernard Hamilton, Director of Educational Programs at Lincoln Foundation. The ranks now include teachers, pharmacists, doctors, lawyers, and engineers, among numerous others in a variety of professions.

Mr. Brian Evans, Director of Athletics at Georgetown College who was instrumental in bringing the YOUNG Scholars Program™ to Georgetown’s campus a dozen years ago, congratulated the students, encouraging them to own their dreams and set their own path for future endeavors.

The 2018 YOUNG Scholars are pictured above with Georgetown College President Dr. M. Dwaine Greene who welcomed them to campus and congratulated them on successfully completing the program. Front row, L-R, Tavion Anderson, Dylan VanDyke, Leslie Chavez, Khatrice Murrell, Sydney Johnson, and Imarie James. Second row, Samari Israel EL, Dr. Greene, Ja’Leah Beason, Wisdom Igwe, Myles Ryan, and Efrain Garcia.

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