Young Scholars Program

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Ohio State University. Office of Outreach and Engagement

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The Young Scholars Program (YSP), a comprehensive pre-collegiate and collegiate program, enhances the academic, personal, and career development skills of students from low-income families to prepare them for college success. Founded in 1988, YSP identifies academically talented first-generation middle and high school students from Ohio's nine largest urban school districts: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown.


IMPACT. 1: YSP has made it possible for nearly 800 students to become first-generation college graduates. With exemplary community engagement for over 25 years, YSP works with superintendents, principals, and counselors to significantly improve student performance and district graduation rates. -- 2. YSP works with parents to become more involved in their children's learning. Hundreds of parents and siblings have earned G.E.D.s and college degrees in the process, contributing to the growth and improvement of their communities.
OSU PARTNERS: Office of Diversity and Inclusion; College of Education and Human Ecology; College of Engineering; College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; College of Medicine; Fisher College of Business; Department of Mathematics; Department of Sociology; School of Music
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: School Districts of: Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, Columbus, Youngstown; Price Waterhouse Coopers; Limited Brands; American Honda Foundation; Nationwide Children's Hospital; United Way; Ronald McDonald House; EarthFest; Habitat for Humanity; Cleveland Ministerial Alliance
PRIMARY CONTACT: Curtis Austin (



Engaged Scholars, v. 1 (2013).