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Young Scholars

A Program for Profoundly Gifted Young Minds

There should be no ceiling to your child's education. With the Young Scholars Program, there won't be. Our program is free to profoundly gifted students and their families and gives them the opportunity to connect and engage in a community that understands their needs.


The Young Scholars Program sets students and their families up to succeed academically, emotionally, and socially.

Learn more about our application process and eligibility criteria

Gifted Parenting Resources

We provide parenting support sessions, informative newsletters, educational webinars, and other tools to assist your family.

Annual Summit Conference

The Summit features workshops for parents and students, guest speakers, and a chance to make connections with other families.

Summer Events

Residential summer programs are available for Young Scholars ages 8-16 to engage with academics and like-minded peers (fee-based).

Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program is a unique option for students to develop and manage a community service project under our guidance.

Online Community

Our private website lets you connect to and learn from other parents and Young Scholars through our discussion forums and member directories.

Virtual Events

We offer virtual events so members can directly engage with experts, other program members, and Davidson Staff through a live video platform.

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Success Stories

More than 4,000 of our nation's
brightest young people are
Young Scholars.

Hear from our families

Frequently Asked Questions

What age range do you serve?

We work with families with profoundly gifted children ages 5 - 18. 

What does this program cost?

Our program is free to profoundly gifted students and their families.

Do you have additional questions?

Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or register for our next live Young Scholar Application Q&A.

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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
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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
Portrait of a student at the Davidson Institute