YSP Application


Apply for the 2021 UC Davis Young Scholars Program

Applications for the 2021 REMOTE UC Davis Young Scholars Program are now closed.

Applications for summer 2022 are expected to open January 1, 2022.

To be eligible to participate, applicants must be 16 years of age by the first day of the program but not 18 years of age before the last day of the program.

Application Procedures 

Deadline: March 15th 

Applications for Summer 2021 will open from December 1, 2020 to 11:59 p.m., March 15, 2021. An online, nonrefundable application fee of $25 is required. Students wishing to request a waiver of the application fee should contact the Program Director, Megan Bettis (mmckenzie@ucdavis.edu) prior to submitting the online application.

Online Application Components

The online Young Scholars Program application requires the following:

  • Student, parent and referring teacher contact information
  • School information, including weighted and un­weighted GPAs
  • Two teacher recommendations submitted through the Young Scholars Program teacher recommendation website. The online recommendations will form the primary reference; letters of recommendation are not required.
    • One recommendation MUST be from a science teacher
    • The other must be from another teacher
  • Summary of school activities and other interests, activities and research experiences
  • Personal essay
  • A current high school transcript, scanned and submitted electronically with the application. (Grade reports or report cards are not acceptable.)

Optional: Students requesting a fee reduction should mail a letter from the parents or guardians explaining the family’s financial circumstances AND a copy of the most recent Federal Income Tax return (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ).

Requests for fee reductions should be received at the following address by the close of business on March 15th:

Megan Bettis, Program Director
UC Davis Young Scholars Program
School of Education
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8579


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