Young Scholars Program

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The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion Young Scholars Program improves pre-college preparation, retention, and degree completion among high-ability academically gifted first-generation students with financial need from nine of the largest urban school districts in Ohio: Akron Public, Canton City, Cincinnati Public, Cleveland Metropolitan, Columbus City, Dayton Public, Lorain City, Toledo Public, and Youngstown City.

The Young Scholars Program has supported more than 3,000 pre-collegiate (grades 8th through 12th) and collegiate (college undergraduates) scholars, providing them with comprehensive academic, career, and personal development programs in partnership with school district administrators and staff; Ohio State faculty, staff, students, and alumni; and community and corporate partners.

Our programs prepare scholars for college success at Ohio State by:

  • Complementing their current academic instruction through weekly academic enrichment sessions in mathematics, writing, and science
  • Increasing their college readiness knowledge through college admissions and financial aid workshops
  • Offering major exploration opportunities throughout Ohio State’s colleges and departments
  • Teaching academic behaviors that promote success such as study skills, self-monitoring, and goal setting
  • Providing college-based supportive services such as a three-week Summer Bridge Program, tutoring, advising, and mentoring

Once selected, scholars agree to complete a college preparatory curriculum in middle and high school to build a solid foundation for college studies. Many of our scholars maintain at least a B average (a grade point average of 3.3 or better) and thus enter college well-prepared to succeed in their majors.  Scholars in good standing upon high school graduation receive an appropriate financial aid package consisting of scholarships and federal grants to cover their tuition and room and board at Ohio State.  The Young Scholars Program has supported more than 1,000 Ohio State graduates with our programming and financial aid support. Eighty-seven percent of our Young Scholars graduating high school in 2014 will attend Ohio State.

The Young Scholars Program has been preparing scholars for success and contributing to the diversity of The Ohio State University since 1988. Connecting multiple levels of education, the Young Scholar Program enhances the academic, career, and personal development for more than 100 students and their families each year serving as a stepping stone for success at Ohio State and beyond.