Lindy Scholars Program

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Through the generosity of Philip B. Lindy, Drexel University has established the Philip B. Lindy lnner-City Public School Program at Drexel University (“Lindy Scholars Program”) to provide aims to level the playing field in public education by increasing academic achievement and expanding the social horizons for middle school students living in Drexel's west Philadelphia vicinity. The program encourages children and families to share in, and benefit from, the University's vast educational, technological, and cultural resources.

The Lindy Scholars Program is a collaborative effort between The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and The Goodwin School of Education. The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, a division of the Office of the Provost, is responsible for managing the program.

The overall goal of the Lindy Scholars Program is to provide mathematics, writing, and literacy enhancement programs along with other related services to selected students in grades 6-8 enrolled in Alain Locke, Martha Washington, and Morton McMichael Elementary Schools. Drexel staff, faculty, and student volunteers work closely with school administrators, community leaders, students, and parents to help identify needs and then provide services on campus and within the community that are expected to make measurable positive improvements in academic performance and retention.

The program began in Spring 2009 with 75 5th grade students from each partnering elementary school. Many of the 5th graders continued through the Lindy Scholars Summer Program at Drexel from June-August. Both the spring and summer programs allowed the students and the program to develop further so that by 6th grade, students will be enrolled for the entire school year. As the program progresses, an additional 6th grade cohort of 75 students will be added each year from each school, until by 2012, 225 students in 6th-8th grade will be participating in the Lindy Scholars Program.

For more information about becoming a scholar, becoming an advisor, family/teacher support, and our calendar please click the links to the left! If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Craig Smith at or 215.571.3668.