Young Scholars


Application Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019

Recruitment for The Ohio State University Young Scholars Program is now open! Applications for 8th grade Youngstown City School students are available in your school counselors office and in the YSP office, room 410, Choffin Career & Technical Center. Please contact Tiffany Payiavlas at 330-744-6949 or via e-mail at for more information. Also, please plan to attend one of the two scheduled informational sessions.

November 26, 2018 at Choffin, 5:30 p.m
December 4, 2018 at Choffin, 5:30 p.m 

Program Eligibility:

  • Reside in the state of Ohio and be enrolled in a YSP approved public school
  • Qualify as a first generation student - custodial parents cannot have a earned bachelor's degree
  • Currently enrolled in 8th grade and entering 9th grade in the fall of 2019
  • Have and maintain a minimum, unweighted grade point average of 3.3 or above. Students with 3.5 or above are preferred 
  • Commit to successful completion of a college prep curriculum in high school
  • Demonstrate good school attendance and positive behavior
  • Have an interest in attending The Ohio State University
  • Meet program income guidelines (demonstrate significant financial need)
  • Commit to attending mandatory meetings, workshops, summer programs and meet other program requirements regarding preparation, admission and financial aid

Please note, this is a highly selective and highly competitive program


Class of 2019

East High School: Thomas Steele, Montazia Tolbert

Youngstown Early College: ‚ÄčRanaysia Clark, Stephen Echols, Brian Finley, Lekeila Houser, Sonya Lenior, Bri-Ann Little, Angel Rivera

Who We Are:

The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion Young Scholars Program is an exceptional opportunity for academically gifted-first generation college students with financial need. Those scholars in good standing upon high school graduation will receive an appropriate financial aid package that includes a generous scholarship (the amount varies based on family income, but the average scholarship amount for the Youngstown office is $15,649 per year for 4 years). The Young Scholars Program has served 3,000 students state wide since 1988 and continues to aid its students through pre-college preparation programs and intensive college advising. Please visit our website at 

YSP provides its Scholars with:

  • Pre-college preparation through intensive college advising
  • Academic coaching and mentoring
  • College planning tools and resources
  • Academic, leadership, and social engagement
  • Guided major and career exploration
  • An opportunity to attend a world-class research university with a generous scholarship

How to Find Us:

The Ohio State University Young Scholars Program - Youngstown Office is located on the 4th floor of Choffin Career & Technical Center, room 410.  Also, please check out our Facebook page OSU YSP YOUNGSTOWN 

Contact Information:

Tiffany F. Payiavlas

Program Manager
Choffin Career & Technical Center
Room 410
200 E. Wood St. 
Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Phone: 330-744-6949 
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