Program Overview and Components

YSP students at summer bridge

The Young Scholars Program is headquartered in Hale Hall on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University and has nine city offices across Ohio located in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown. The Columbus office is also located in Hale Hall while the other offices are located in various public school buildings in their respective school districts. Our nine Young Scholars Program city offices constitute the Big Eight urban school districts, as defined by the Ohio Department of Education, plus Lorain, the Ohio school district with the largest proportion of Hispanic/Latino students.

Our city offices serve our pre-collegiate Young Scholars in grades 8-12 by providing year-round 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. The Young Scholars Program activities are implemented by Program Coordinators who track, monitor, mentor, and advise scholars.

A few of our comprehensive academic, career, and personal development programs consist of:

  • Academic Year Programs – Our academic workshops, tutoring, and college provide scholars with a strong foundation of support for each Scholar. Most importantly, our scholars come to understand what is expected to be successful in high school and admissible to Ohio State.   

  • Summer Programs – Our summer programs help make Ohio State feel like a home away from home, boost academic skills in math, science, and writing. Scholars explore careers and college majors. Program methodology and curriculum is multisensory, interdisciplinary, and holistic. 

  • Community Service – Scholars from the same city take part periodically in community service activities. This city bonding provides the chance for scholars to interact and encourage each other while working to tackle issues in their local communities.

  • Cultural and Social Events – We expose our scholars to cultural and social events and performing arts to facilitate the development of an appreciation and understanding of cultural awareness and performing arts. This emphasis helps our scholars develop critical skills in analytical thinking, interpretation, and creative interaction. 

Our Young Scholars College Success Program operations from Hale Hall and serves our collegiate Young Scholars (enrolled undergraduates). Our Young Scholars College Success Program staff plans, facilitates, and evaluates with a variety of college-readiness activities for our collegiate scholars including academic advising, assisting with financial aid issues, academic advising, and success coaching.