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Lindy Scholars Program

Through the generosity of Philip B. Lindy, the Lindy Scholars Program at Drexel University 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 Drexel's 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 and Martha Washington 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.

Information for Families

Students in Grades 6-8 at Alain Locke and Martha Washington Elementary Schools are eligible to join the program free of charge. Students are asked to commit to two days a week (Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays depending on the school) after school until 4:30pm and to nine Saturdays a year from 9:30am to 2:15pm. Families of the Lindy Scholars are also invited to participate in informational workshops. These workshops provide information on high school selection, college access, strategies to increase learning at home, and other relevant topics for caregivers of middle school students. Workshops include refreshments and take place at convenient times and locations. To enroll a student in the Lindy Scholars Program, please contact Zoe Jamison at zvj23@drexel.edu / 215.301.6503.

Become a Lindy Advisor

The success of the Lindy Scholars Program wouldn’t be possible without the Lindy Advisors, a group of Drexel University students who serve as both tutor and mentor for the middle school students.

On average, Lindy Advisors between five and eleven hours per week in the following ways:

Tutoring: Lindy Advisors tutor their Scholars twice a week at their Scholars’ elementary school from approximately 2:15pm-4:45pm including travel time. Advisors implement curriculum designed by the Lindy Scholars Program in conjunction with the School of Education and utilize techniques and methods learned through their on-going training and support. Through their involvement, Lindy Advisors have the opportunity to sit down with their Scholars to help them improve their math and literacy skills – thereby preparing them for successful high school and post-secondary experiences.

Mentoring: Lindy Advisors provide mentorship to their Scholars four Saturdays per term from 9am to 3pm including orientation and debrief time. Advisors spend the day on Drexel’s campus engaging in planned activities that focus on mentoring activities such as leadership development, team-building, diversity, conflict resolution, and academic skills building. Afternoons are reserved for fun, interactive activities run by Drexel student organizations, field-trips or special events.

Benefits for this program may include:
  •     Ongoing training and development to improve your skills as a mentor and tutor
  •     Gaining real-world experiences through transformative and meaningful service opportunities
  •     Building new & life-long relationships
  •     Financial support upon completion of period of service or eligible students can apply their Federal Work Study (FWS) funds toward their position as Advisors

For more information about becoming a scholar, becoming an advisor, family/teacher support, and our calendar please stop by the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement or contact Zoe Jamison at zvj23@drexel.edu / 215.301.6503.