Young Scholars

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

Note: Our Young Scholars 2020 program has been postponed until the summer of 2021. We hope to see you next season!


Now in its eighth 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.

Over the past five 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 22, 2020.

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.