Session topics will focus on science and mathematics and will range from archaeology to weather, robotics to space exploration and nuclear science. About 25 subject areas are planned.

“The Boy Scout Merit Badge Program will serve as a base for the sessions, each about two hours in length,” said Clint Scharff, local Boy Scout director of field service. “We believe it will appeal to both boys and girls—in or out of scouting—who have a work ethic and desire to learn. Scouts who attend may be able to earn or apply work toward their merit badges.”

The program fits within the mission of UofL’s Signature Partnership, which collaborates with public and private organizations, schools and government to improve the educational, health, economic and social status of underserved students and families in the Louisville Metro area.

“College for a Day will offer faculty expertise and facilities at UofL to create a fun day of learning for young students,” said Ralph Fitzpatrick, associate vice president for community engagement. “We hope this initiative will inspire our youth to stay in school and plan for a college education as part of the city’s overall 55,000 Degrees for 2020 and the related 15,000 Degrees for African American students’ goals.”

Enrollment will be limited to about 500 students. A $15 fee will cover costs for program materials and lunch cookout at the Red Barn on Belknap Campus. Financial assistance may be available for people who are unable to pay the fee.

Get more information about the program, including subjects that will be offered and registration information, at the Lincoln Heritage Council (click on College for a Day) or by calling 502-361-2624.

John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.