Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Program is an exceptional opportunity for academically talented, first-generation students with high financial need to advance their goal of pursuing higher education. 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

Since 1988, the Young Scholars Program has served over 3,000 students from the nine largest urban public school districts in Ohio: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown. Scholars must meet all program requirements including qualifying as low-income and being the first generation in their family to receive a bachelor’s degree. Scholars must also complete a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, with high academic achievement to be eligible for the scholarship. Scholars in good academic standing receive a robust financial aid package consisting of federal and state grants, work-study, and the Young Scholars Award. Scholars are expected to sustain their high academic achievement after admission to Ohio State. Connecting multiple levels of education, each year, the Young Scholar Program serves 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.