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Nurturing Intellect. Unlocking Potential.

Our mission is to recognize the nation’s profoundly gifted youth and support them holistically so they may reach their highest potential.

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Providing community, resources & scholarships for gifted young people.

For 25 years, the Davidson Institute has grown into a robust organization that provides a community, opportunities, and resources for profoundly gifted young people and their families.

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Programs and Scholarships

Our programs have developed to help ensure that our nation’s profoundly gifted youth have the opportunity to excel in a supportive environment where they can truly be themselves.

Young Scholars

We help profoundly gifted students and their families thrive by providing individualized support and a community of like-minded peers.

Fellows Scholarship

We award $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to gifted students who have innovated their respective fields.

Summer Programs

We offer 3 unique summer programs for gifted youths ages 8 - 16 to engage them academically and foster community connections.


We provide advanced middle school courses online to gifted students, ages 9-13, to help them develop academically and socially.

Davidson Academy

We provide courses for profoundly gifted students that are designed to be different with classes grouped by ability, not age.


We hope to foster lifelong relationships among alumni by providing them an option to stay connected and give back.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Davidson Institute do?

We provide a number of programs and scholarships to support the holistic development of profoundly gifted students, ages 5 - 18.

When and why was the Davidson Institute established?

The Davidson Institute was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1999. Our mission is to recognize the nation's profoundly gifted youth and support them academically, socially, and emotionally, so they may reach their highest potential.

How do I get in touch?

Please take a look at our Contact Us page!

Prospective Families

We have worked for more than two decades to contribute to the ongoing conversation on how to support our nation’s profoundly gifted youth, who are often overlooked in the traditional classroom.

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“The Young Scholars Ambassador Program has changed the way I look at the world positively. The seminars are what have helped me the most . . . These taught me how to become a better person and deeply influenced my thinking in terms of improving my charity.”

Umar Davidson Young Scholar and Ambassador
Portrait of a student of the Davidson Institute

“Although a few years have passed since I aged out of the Young Scholars program, I will never forget everything the Davidson Institute has done for me and for my family. This group has given me the confidence to face even the toughest of challenges, and has made me both strong and proud of who I am. The strength of the other scholars is breathtaking, and I thank this group for teaching me so much.”

Elizabeth Davidson Young Scholar Alum
Portrait of a student of the Davidson Institute

I am now pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Northwestern, working on cutting-edge nanochemistry at one of the finest research institutions in the world. I have no idea if I’d be here without my experience at Davidson’s THINK Summer Institute . . . but when I teach general chemistry, I look back to my teachers at THINK as an example of how to connect with my students and help them understand why what they are studying matters.

Adam Davidson THINK Summer Institute Alum
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Davidson Institute Spotify Playlists

Now you can take Davidson with you! We’ve curated topic-specific playlists of the podcast episodes our Family Services Team has been listening to and recommending to families. Now, they are all in one convenient spot, so just follow us on Spotify, and listen along on your schedule!

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