Young Scholars

A tuition-free, summer program for rural and small-town students

Young Scholars 2021 will run from July 11 - July 30th

Now in its ninth year, WRA's Young Scholars Program is a fully funded, interdisciplinary, intensive three-week residential experience designed to provide academic opportunities beyond those available at most middle schools. The program seeks up to 24 current seventh- and eighth-grade students from smaller communities throughout Ohio who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability and genuine intellectual curiosity across a broad range of academic areas.

Program and Tuition Information

Through a generous gift, the program is offered free of charge. While admission is competitive, each enrolled student receives a full scholarship worth nearly $3,000 that includes class materials, all trips and activities, and room and board.

This year’s theme will be the Kent State Shootings of May 4, 1970. In addition to the causes and consequences of this event, students will explore related topics such as the meaning and reasonable limits of public protest, government control of the right to protest, why and how societies choose to memorialize certain individuals and/or events, and the role of public history. Thought-provoking project work, supplemental readings, discussions and visits to local, pertinent attractions will all be a part of this three-week enrichment experience. As in previous summers, one major goal of the program will be to have students research and write their own original theatrical production incorporating themes learned throughout the three weeks.

Over the past few years, Young Scholars have enjoyed trips to theater performances, lakes and parks, museums, landmarks, baseball games and more. The WRA campus and its facilities allow for indoor/outdoor athletic activities, including swimming and the use of classroom technology. Additionally, a notebook computer is issued to each student for use during the program.

Application Process

The WRA Young Scholars Program is, by its nature, highly selective. A preliminary student application is completed and counselor or teacher recommendation forms are submitted. Applications, including an official school transcript, should be completed by May 23, 2021.

Questions? Contact Diccon Ong, Young Scholars Program Director, at 330-342-9623 or

Download a brochure about the Young Scholars Program at Western Reserve Academy.

Apply for our 2021 Young Scholars Program