Become a Young Scholar

Become a Young Scholar

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The Young Scholars Program accepts applications from prospective 8th-grade students annually.

Applications Open: January 1
Application Deadline: March 15

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for YSP, all prospective applicants must:

  • Reside in the state of Ohio and be enrolled in one of the specified public-school districts

    • Akron Public Schools
    • Canton City Schools Cincinnati Public Schools
    • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
    • Columbus City Schools
    • Dayton Public Schools
    • Lorain City Schools
    • Toledo Public Schools
    • Youngstown City School District
  • Be currently enrolled in eighth grade and entering ninth grade

  • Qualify as first-generation college students; applicants' custodial parent(s) cannot have earned a bachelor's degree at the time of application

  • Have a family income that is at or below the household maximum income guidelines

  • Have a strong desire and motivation to enroll in and graduate from a 4-year college or university

  • Have earned grades of all or mostly A's (with few B's and C's) in core academic subjects

  • Demonstrate good school attendance and positive in-and-out of school behavior; and

  • Commit to the successful completion of a college-prep curriculum in high school

*Students with a 3.5 GPA or above are preferred and will be the strongest candidates.

2024 YSP Income Limits

For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $5,380 for each additional person.

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Household size = 8


How to Apply

Create an account and apply online using the YSP application portal or visit during the application period.

A complete application includes:

  • 7th and 8th-grade report cards
  • 7th and 8th-grade attendance records
  • Essay Response (200 to 250 words)
  • Submission of proof of income
  • Recommendation Form - completed by a counselor, teacher, or principal

Paper applications will be available upon request only.

Public informational meetings and application assistance workshops will be arranged during the application period.

Still have questions?

Check out YSP's Frequently Asked Questions, call us at 614/292-4884, or send an email to

YSP Frequently Asked Questions