YSP in the News
Dear Senior Year: Letters from YSP High School Seniors
The Young Scholars Program asked its 2020 graduating high school seniors to write a letter to their senior year; here are some of their responses.Read More
Scholar Spotlight Zachary Weisenseel
Being a Young Scholar meant that even as a 6th grader I knew that once I reached campus, I would already have a network and support system in place for me to ensure my success at the university. It meant not having to fear the unknown, because I already had people at my side to help me through the transition to college life.Read More
Meet YSP Program Manager Tiffany Payiavlas
While working as a financial aid counselor at a for-profit institution, Payiavlas was helping a student hunt for jobs when she stumbled across the help wanted ad for a program coordinator in Youngstown with the Young Scholars Program (YSP).Read More
Our Scholars receive:
- Pre-college preparation through intensive college advising
- Group and one-on-one academic coaching and mentoring
- College planning tools and resources
- Academic, leadership, and social engagement at The Ohio State University
- Guided major and career exploration
- An opportunity to attend a world class research university with a generous scholarship
In particular, YSP seeks to:
- Enhance the academic preparation of Scholars for success at The Ohio State University.
- Increase the numbers of first-generation, low income targeted underrepresented students at The Ohio State University.
- Complement instruction offered during the academic year.
Connecting multiple levels of education, each year, YSP assists over 1,000 students state-wide, including 700 students in grades 8-12 and 350 undergraduate students, serving as a stepping stone for success at Ohio State and beyond.
"New Opportunities, New Faces, New People, New Personalities, New Expectations, New Friends, And the chance of a Lifetime. . . To me, YSP is more than a program, We’re a family."
"The Young Scholars Program means a chance at college that few people get. It also means a chance to make friends that are more like myself. The program has helped me further understand the material in my classes. It has also encouraged me to try something new and to take control of the situation. Thanks to YSP, I’ve met several new close friends. It has helped me greatly in my life and motivated me to be a role model.”
"YSP helps me solve problems in different ways and even see life in a different way. To me, YSP has become a family. Everyone becomes so close.”
“The Young Scholars Program was a life-changing experience that instilled resilience, discipline, focus, and many other admirable qualities in me while simultaneously equipping me with the requisite skills to excel at The Ohio State University."
"YSP has given many first generation students, including myself, an opportunity to make a difference not only in our own lives but also the lives of our loved ones and our communities. Since the 6th grade, I have been a part of this program. I knew then that I had to work diligently in order to obtain my scholarship. Little did I know upon my initial induction, YSP cares about our academic achievements, personal development and well-being.”
"Young Scholars has afforded me opportunities that I never thought possible. I am a strong believer in this program. It is important that it keeps giving younger generations the same opportunities. I am a graduating Senior in Visual Communication Design, I have traveled to Brazil and in April, Taiwan and Tokyo. I would not be here at The Ohio State University if it were not for the Young Scholars Program.”
“The Lorain Young Scholars Program believes in the motivational power of education. After 25 years, we continue to be a primary resource in improving the quality of life of the families in our, once thriving, manufacturing community.”
“YSP has taught me that I can achieve any goal that I set for myself with hard work and dedication. I chose this quote because it relates to the workshops I have gone to. They had taught me math skills that can help me in school. I have also learned about speaking in public.”
"What the Young Scholars Program has done for me and my fellow scholars exceeds description. It is because of this program that I will be attending the Ohio State University this upcoming fall tuition free. This program has opened multiple doors for me and has truly been the stepping stone I needed to complete my career goals. The Young Scholars Program is by far the most rewarding program I have ever been apart of and I would be at a loss without it.”
"The Young Scholars Program is an amazing opportunity to me. It is a way for me to learn more about college and a great way to experience new things. Throughout these years YSP has led me to look at life in many different ways. In addition to that I have gained a lot of knowledge and many wonderful friends. I can happily say that YSP is my family and they have helped me grow in more ways than I thought possible.”
"The Young Scholars Program has not only supplied me with a future education, but also with the confidence and integrity to strive for my dreams, no matter how big or radical they may be. And for that, I can not thank them enough!”