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The Clarkson School, a division of Clarkson University, will once again offer the Young Scholars Program during the summer of 2017. The week-long program will be held on Clarkson University's campus starting Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, July 29, 2017.  This program is for motivated and talented high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and first year college students. 

In general, The Young Scholars Program provides a unique summer experience for students. Consistent with Clarkson's overall focus on interdisciplinary education, students are given a problem to examine and solve from three different perspectives. The three main disciplines involved this year are computer science, the health sciences and psychology. Working individually and in small groups, students conduct research and make a final presentation to campus and community leaders. Students’ families are also encouraged to attend the final presentation.  This innovative program sparks intellectual development and requires students to exercise strong communication skills, and cooperative problem solving.

Tuition, Scholarship and Fees

The cost of the program is $875 which includes room, board, and activity fees.  A $35 dollar non-refundable application fee must be included with the application.  If selected for the program, the fee will be applied to the student’s tuition. 

Students wishing to commute need to indicate this on their application form. The cost will be $675 (which includes lunch every day) for commuting students.

A scholarship for the Young Scholars Program may be provided to students who can prove economic hardship as defined by the federal government’s 2016 low income guidelines.   To be considered for a scholarship, please write a short essay explaining why you need financial assistance along with a copy of the parent(s) W2 statement(s). Cost of transportation to and from Clarkson University will still be assumed by students and their families.

Application Deadlines

The priority deadline to apply is April 1, 2017 and the regular deadline to apply has been extended to May 30, 2017.  A completion application received by April 1 will be given priority consideration for admission. Selections for remaining openings will be made on a rolling basis after the regular application deadline of May 30.  Enrollment for Young Scholars is capped at 40 students. 

Students who successfully complete the program and meet the admission requirements, will receive a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year) towards tuition if they attend The Clarkson School or Clarkson University full time for their undergraduate education.  Please note that $1,000 per year is the maximum scholarship amount a student can receive for attending Clarkson University summer programs, no matter how many programs he or she attends.


Participants will reside in Moore House which consists of traditonal suites (two bedrooms with a private bathroom between accommodating two students per bedroom, four per suite).  Each room includes basic furnishings including: bed, desk, dresser and closet.  In addition, Moore has it own common lounge, small laundtry room son each floor.  Students are required to bring their own linen for the week (extra long twin sheets and bedding, towels).  The program counselors live on the dormitory floors, with the participants. Meals, classes and recreation are held in Clarkson facilities. 

Contact Brenda Kozsan, Program Director, at or (315) 268-4425 for more information.