All young people should have an opportunity to develop their talents in positive ways to create value for themselves and others.
The Davidson Young Scholars program provides FREE services designed to nurture the intellectual, social, emotional, and academic development of profoundly intelligent young people between the ages of 5 and 18 (students must be between the ages of 5 and 16 when applying).
Families choose their level of involvement in each of the following:
An Online Community
The opportunity to connect, share experiences and learn from other parents and Young Scholars, as well as participate in online seminars with experts in various fields. We also offer online middle school classes exclusively for Young Scholars.
Attend the annual summer event to meet other Young Scholar families and the Davidson Institute team, or make local connections by attending informal get-togethers arranged by Young Scholar families throughout the year.
Community Service Endeavors
Young Scholars may submit their community service activities to be recognized in the online community. They may also apply to the Ambassador Program to develop, initiate, and manage a significant community service project with training and advisement support.
Summer Programs (fee-based)
Residential summer programs are available for Young Scholars ages 8 to 16:
More than 3,000 of our nation's brightest young people are Davidson Young Scholars.
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"We feel very fortunate to be part of the Davidson program,
and will always be grateful for all the wonderful support we have received. Your work is simply priceless!"
- Davidson Young Scholar Parent
Started in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.