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Louisville's Brightest to Visit

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“We are very excited about having the opportunity to collaborate with the Lincoln Foundation to bring these students to UK this summer. We plan to provide them with a ‘taste’ of the many opportunities available to them for learning and research at UK.”

-- Lauretta Byars,
associate provost for minority affairs at UK

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July 2, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- After a long holiday celebrating our nation’s independence, 30 of Louisville’s brightest high school students will get a jump start on college life by visiting the University of Kentucky. The UK Office for Minority Affairs will host the students July 6-18 as part of the Lincoln Foundation’s Whitney M. Young Scholars Program.

The scholars program recruits academically talented and socioeconomically disadvantaged seventh grade students from the Louisville area. Over a six-year period they become prepared for high school graduation and a successful career in higher education. Young Scholars are provided structure to their personal environment, assistance in maintaining academic excellence, enhancement of the scholar’s self-esteem, and education about cultural awareness among many other life skills. Upon completion of the program, scholars are provided assistance in obtaining financial aid for college.

“We are very excited about having the opportunity to collaborate with the Lincoln Foundation to bring these students to UK this summer. We plan to provide them with a ‘taste’ of the many opportunities available to them for learning and research at UK,” said Lauretta Byars, associate provost for minority affairs at UK.

While at UK, the scholars will participate in academic courses taught by UK professors, tours of campus and the Lexington area, and an overnight trip to Robinson Forest and the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky in Hazard.

“Our hope is that their experiences here at UK will motivate them to go back to their high schools and seek out opportunities to continue the quest for knowledge,” Byars said.

Whitney M. Young Sr. served for 40 years as leader of the Lincoln Institute, a prominent boarding school for African-American youth in Kentucky. Whitney M. Young Jr. graduated from the Lincoln Institute at the age of 14 while his father was principal. He was an active civil rights leader and director of the National Urban League. Additionally, he served on many commissions under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson.


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