Cabrini-NASD recognized with Lindy Award for Excellence in K-16 Partnerships

Posted by PHENND on March 2, 2015

PHENND is pleased to announce that the Norristown Area School District and Cabrini College were recognized as the first recipient of the Lindy Award for Excellence in K-16 Partnerships.

The partnership between Cabrini College and Norristown Area School District began about 6 years ago when the college students studying Engagement for the Common Good: Our Interconnected Hemisphere with its emphasis on immigration and Latino culture selected to launch a Latino Mentoring Program at the Norristown Area High School. The goal was to increase the Latino graduation rate at NAHS, and increase the number of Latino students applying to college.

Since then, the Latino Mentoring Program has expanded down into 2 of our 3 middle schools. This is the 3rd year at Eisenhower Middle School and the first year at Stewart Middle School. The emphasis is on how to prepare for high school, successfully navigate high school, and achieve your post-secondary dreams.

More recently, Cabrini students created the Latino Student Resource – A Guide to Scholarships and Grants to supplement the curriculum. It was approved and welcomed/applauded by NASD administration during Summer 2014. It provides examples and tips on how to write a college essay, a list of scholarships and grants for both documented and undocumented students, both within PA and other states.

About the Award
The Philip B. Lindy Award for Excellence in K-16 Partnerships honors collaborations between institutions of higher education and K-12 schools. The award recognizes the challenging and important work of the partner organizations and seeks to lift up inspiring, creative, and cutting edge programming.

This year, PHENND announced the recipient of the Lindy Award at its Annual Conference on February 27th. A call for nominations was issued earlier this year and ten applications were received. The applications all represented high quality partnerships and it was extremely difficult to select a recipient. The recipient will receive an award of $1,000 that they can use to strengthen their partnership and will also be featured in the next edition of PHENND’s K-16 Partnerships Newsletter. Many of the runners up will also be featured in the newsletter in the coming months.

Given Phil’s commitment to education (both K-12 and university-level) as well as collaboration and partnership, this award is a fitting tribute to his passion and dedication.

About Phil Lindy
Phil Lindy was a philanthropist and entrepreneur whose generosity touched dozens of organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area. In 2010, Lindy funded the creation of the K-16 Partnerships Network at PHENND, which brings together faculty, staff, students, and educators to share, learn, and promote collaboration between K-12 and higher education.
Lindy had a long career as property manager, investor and contractor in the local construction industry. He was a partner with Lindy Communities, a fourth-generation family-run firm that has managed residential properties since the 1930s. Lindy and his late wife, Annabel, expanded the company throughout the Philadelphia area; his sons, Frank and Alan, currently operate the company, which is involved with new construction, student housing, condominiums and full-service senior lifestyle housing. They manage more than 28 communities and 4,000 apartment homes throughout Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties. Lindy is a 1952 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Doctor of Business Administration degree, honoris causa, from Drexel University in 2010.

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