Now in its second year, Centre College’s Lincoln Scholar’s Program is designed for exceptional students who aspire to pursue lives of work and service to change the world for the better. Following that mission, the two current cohorts of Lincoln Scholars are traveling and working “all over the world” this summer for their sponsored enrichment experiences.
During their time at Centre, each Lincoln Scholar participates in three structured and fully funded summer enrichment programs. Incoming scholars do a series of activities, including an experience with North Carolina Outward Bound, prior to matriculation.
Rising sophomores and juniors select two of three themes: “With Outstretched Hands—Serving Humankind;” Engaging Big Ideas and Challenges;” and “Grit and Tenacity in the Making.”
Through these hands-on experiences, the scholars strengthen leadership skills and develop compassion, empathy and new and broader perspectives.
Princess Allotey ‘21 (Tema, Ghana), Kate Leahey ’21 (Danville, Kentucky), Pearl Morttey ‘21 (Louisville, Kentucky) and Matheus M. Oliveira Matos ‘21 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) chose the theme “With Outstretched Hands—Serving Humankind,” and worked with Safe Passage, an educational non-profit in Guatemala, for five weeks.
“I was happy to be assisting the grades 5 and 6 mathematics teacher at Safe Passage,” Allotey said. “I had the opportunity to interact with the students, utilizing my basic fluency in Spanish, as well as learn more about the culture in Guatemala. These interactions, I believe, will help me develop perspectives that acknowledge local views, even in the math classroom.”
Ali Ali ’21 (Al Qahira, Egypt), Jake Bennett ‘21 (Nashville, Tennessee), Sophia Casto ’21 (Columbus, Missouri) and Aditi Shukla ‘21 (Gurgaon, India) worked for Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), a non-profit in Costa Rica, under the theme “Engaging Big Ideas and Challenges.”
John Roach ‘21 (Statesville, North Carolina) and Caitlyn Cathey ’21 (Beaver Dam, Kentucky) have selected the theme “Grit and Tenacity in the Making.” Roach is backpacking and canoeing for four weeks in the Yukon Territory, and Cathey was mountaineering in Alaska. Both courses are run by the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Junior Zamirah Hussain (Louisville, KY) joined the rising sophomores at Safe Passage under “With Outstretched Hands—Serving Humankind.”
Pursuing the same theme, Jake Potter ‘20 (Chandler, Indiana) and Shanze Arshad (Lexington, Kentucky) are working with North African refugees and the homeless population in Belgium.
Rachel Cooper ‘20 (Louisville, Kentucky) is in Argentina to work with children and adults in poverty-stricken areas. Kendall Yount ’20 (Owenton, Kentucky) was scuba diving and restoring coral reefs in Key Largo.
Following the theme “Engaging Big Ideas and Challenges,” Bretagne Guempel ’20 (Cohassett, Massachusetts), Makda Mehari ’20 (Morehead, Kentucky), Lily Roark ’20 (New York, New York) and Me Me Khant ‘20 (Yangon, Myanmar) are traveling to destinations across the globe to pursue their enrichment experiences.
“I am interning through the U.S. Department of State within the political and economics division at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia,” Guemple said. “I hope to come away from the internship with a greater understanding of Croatian history and politics. I plan to apply and learn major theories of International Trade and analyze the U.S. and Croatian trade relationships.”
Roark was in Greece working on sustainability issues and farming organically, while Khant is completing a traineeship with the official E.U. Delegation to Myanmar. Mehari worked with policy issues facing women and children at FIMRC in Ecuador.
“FIMRC is unlike any organization I have worked with before,” Mehari said. “During the time I worked with Project Anconcito, I had the opportunity to participate in a number of different projects that directly address the needs of the communities we serve—ranging from health education, nutrition and sex education; achieving professional goals, understanding and exercising one’s rights, disease education/prevention, data collection and countless others.”
Regardless of destination or field site, these experiences are designed to help scholars develop and hone the skills, knowledge and attitudes they will need to act as agents for change in the world. Each scholar engages in reflective writing activities throughout their experience, and they actively process and analyze their observations and experiences as they work to reach the specific learning goals and outcomes for each of the themes they are exploring.
The third cohort of Lincoln Scholars arrive on campus August 13 for a 10-day pre-first year orientation, including a four-day wilderness experience with North Carolina Outward Bound. The 10 new scholars were selected from 400-plus applicants from more than 30 countries worldwide.
by Robert Schalkoff, director of the Lincoln Scholars Program
July 11, 2018
Header photo: Princess Allotey ’21 works with Safe Passage in Guatemala.