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Georgetown College Virtually Hosts Scholars from Lincoln Foundation

Submitted on June 29, 2020

Each year, Georgetown College hosts the Lincoln Foundation’s YOUNG Scholars Program, which 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 program serves the academically talented and socioeconomically disadvantaged by providing unique opportunities to talented students and promoting success in high school and beyond.

“Hosting the Whitney Scholars Summer Institute on our campus provides GC an opportunity to prepare and engage the Scholars in an educational enrichment course taught by one of our professors who introduces them to the tasks required once they enroll in college,” said Robbi Barber, Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “It also presents an opportunity for us to introduce incredibly talented students to Georgetown College.”

The Lincoln Foundation’s mission is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement and aims to be the premier provider of out-of-school college preparatory programs for socioeconomically disadvantaged students in the region.

Although the program was affected this year by Covid-19, Georgetown College was still proud to virtually welcome scholars from the Lincoln Foundation to campus on the afternoon of June 29.

“Having these students join our campus community adds an augmentation to our campus to provide these diverse students a high quality educational experience and give them an opportunity to be a part of a diverse and inclusive community that respects and appreciates individual differences and commonalities,” said Barber.

The virtual event featured a tour of campus, along with panels aimed at helping students learn more about the exciting opportunities students can expect if they attend Georgetown College. During the panel, current student, Zack Muniz said "I am a first generation student from Shelby County, and didn’t know if I would be able to succeed, but my decision to attend Georgetown College has prepared for more than I anticipated to make a difference in healthcare, for people of color, and for my community."

Georgetown College looks forward to continuing the in-person YOUNG Scholars Program next summer and to welcoming young people from the Lincoln Foundation to campus in the years to come.


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