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Gifted Programs & Scholarships

Our gifted programs 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 support through our family services, gifted resources, exclusive member events, and a community of like-minded peers.

About our Young Scholars Program

Summer Programs

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

STARS Summer Camp

A five day residential summer program focused on supporting the academic and social needs of Young Scholars, ages 8 - 11.

REACH Summer Seminar

An academically challenging 10-day residential experience amongst intellectual peers for our Young Scholars, ages 11 to 13.

THINK Summer Institute

An academically challenging 10-day residential experience amongst intellectual peers for our Young Scholars, ages 13 to 16.

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Fellows Scholarship

We award $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to gifted and high-achieving students, 18 years old or under, who have made significant contributions to their respective fields.

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Our gifted middle school program helps students develop academically and socially by providing a platform to learn at their level. Courses are designed and taught by Davidson Academy faculty.

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We foster lifelong relationships among alumni from all of our programs by providing them an option to stay connected and give back to the community.

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Davidson Academy Reno

Designed to be different, we are the only free public school of its kind for profoundly gifted students. The Academy’s classes group students by ability rather than age, offering middle and high school level curriculum.

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Davidson Academy Online

Davidson Academy Online is a dynamic, flexible option for profoundly gifted students living anywhere in the United States and Canada. Students at our accredited, robust online community are grouped by ability, not age. We leverage cutting-edge technology to create a new, highly personalized model of online education. Our middle and high school level curriculum is matched to students' abilities, strengths and interests. 

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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
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“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
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“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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