To be eligible for the Davidson Young Scholars program, applicants must:
The Davidson Young Scholars program does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or disability.
The Davidson Young Scholars program application is completed through our digital application system. Download and review the Young Scholars Application Checklist and Procedures (PDF) to ensure your application materials are ready when you begin the application process. The Davidson Institute strongly recommends keeping a copy of all your application materials.
The application includes the following components:
Step 1: Create an account in the application system.
Create an account and access the Young Scholars Application >
If you have already applied for a Davidson Institute program using the Application System, you may use the same login information to apply for the Davidson Young Scholars program. If you have started a Young Scholar application for an applicant, please select the appropriate name from the drop-down menu on the APPLICANT page. Review FAQs about the Davidson Institute’s Application System as needed.
Step 2: Fill out and submit application.
Step 3: Fill out and submit the Parent Agreement Form(s) and the Nominator Form.
Immediately upon submission of the application, each custodial parent and the listed nominator will receive emails with links to complete their respective forms. The application will not be considered complete until all these forms have been received by the Davidson Institute.
In order to minimize the chance of email sent by the application system and the Applications Team being classified as spam by your email provider, please add @davidsongifted.org to your safe sender list and notify your Nominator and all parent/guardians to do the same. Please note the email address used by the online application system (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an unmonitored mailbox and emails sent to that address will not be read. For further details on adding an email domain to your safe sender list, please search online or see the FAQs below ("Q. Will I be receiving any email notifications after I apply through the Application System?").
Parent/guardian(s) listed as the Primary Contact on the Parent/Guardian page of the application will receive emails at each of the following points:
Step 4: Application is reviewed by the Davidson Institute.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Applications submitted by the last day of the month will be reviewed during the following month. For example, if you submit a completed application by September 30th, your applications would be reviewed in October. Important Note: Applications are not considered complete until all custodial parents have signed and submitted a Parent Agreement Form, and the Nominator Form has been submitted.
Step 5: Receive application decision.
You will be notified if your application has been accept by the end of the month that your application has been reviewed. For example, if an application is completed by September 30, you will receive a decision email by October 31. Please do not contact staff to check on an applicant’s status during the review month as this delays the process for all applicants.
Applicants accepted to the Young Scholars program must complete an enrollment process before services can be made available. Details and instructions will be emailed to all accepted Young Scholars. The process requires signatures from all custodial parents agreeing to the policies that govern the Young Scholars program, including a strict confidentiality policy. It also includes confirming contact information, updating schooling information if needed, and registering for the Young Scholars Private Website.
Q. What is the fee to apply to the Young Scholars program?
There is no fee to apply to, or participate in, the Young Scholars program.
Q. How will I know when the application I submitted is complete and will be sent to review?
The parent selected as primary contact on the Parent/Guardian page of the application will receive automatic emails from the application system throughout the application process, including an email once the entire application and forms are confirmed to be complete. At this point, the application will go to review on the first of the following month.
The primary contact will also receive emails at each of the following points:
Q. Can I submit more than one Nominating Form?
Unfortunately, our application system only allows for ONE Nominating Form to be submit per application. However, you can include a letter(s) of recommendation as part of the applicant’s portfolio as discussed on the Supplemental Information page.
Q. Will I be receiving any email notifications after I apply through the Application System?
Yes, you will be receiving email notifications and prompts from our email server. If you do not receive these emails after applying, your mail server may be identifying some of our email as spam. This has been especially true for Hotmail and MSN accounts. If these emails are in your spam folder, enable your anti-spam and parental control software to accept email from @davidsongifted.org by adding it to your list of safe senders.
Directions for adding an email domain to the safe sender list in most email programs can be found online. For Hotmail and MSN accounts:
Q. When should I receive an email letting me know if my child has been accepted?
Decision notifications will be sent via email to the primary contact listed in the application by the end of the review month. Because of the large volume of applications we receive, it often takes the entire month to complete the review process. All applicants will receive an email stating whether the applicant is accepted, not eligible, or if more information is needed. Please do not contact staff to check on an applicant’s status during the review month as this delays the process for all applicants. If you have not received a decision notification by the first day of the month following the review, please first check your junk/spam folder. If you do not see an email, please contact email@example.com.
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