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Youth for STEM Equity (YSE)

Provides free programs for youth, including STEM Escape Room events, museum visits, and educational lectures. They are student-led non-profit based in Columbus, Ohio promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the field of STEM. They also post helpful STEM-related content and scholarship opportunities on their Instagram. Go online to learn more and find their next event.

Upward Bound Central Ohio

Upward Bound is a free program for income-eligible high school students to prepare for college applications and academics. Students can access year-round homework help and tutoring, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep and career guidance. The Summer program is a free, 6-week experience offering college prep, internship opportunities and more. Students receive money for full participation. Those typically underrepresented in postsecondary education (first generation, homeless, disabled, foster youth, or other barriers) are strongly encouraged to apply. Many colleges and universities across the state host Summer Upward Bound. Below are the organizations based in Columbus, Ohio. Requirements may vary between programs.

  • Columbus State Community College: For 9th and 10th graders at East, Linden-McKinley, Mifflin, Northland, or Independence High School. Participants are eligible for a free course at CSCC for college credit.
    550 East Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 287-5340 or (614) 285-5082
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital: For high school students who attend or whose home district Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, Marion-Franklin, or South High School. Participants may receive transportation assistance and internship opportunities with Nationwide Children’s Hospital departments.
    700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 722-2000
  • The Ohio State University: For 9th-11th graders who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools. Eligible graduating seniors can take free courses at OSU for 6 hours of college credit.
    (614) 292-2344 or (614) 292-1896
    154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Acton Academy Columbus

Acton Academy is a private, learner-driven K-8 school. The curriculum emphasizes deep learning through Montessori and Socratic methods, play, mixed age groups, STEAM, and hands-on projects. Programs open to non-Acton students include half-day and full-day STEAM Summer Camp, Spring Nature Groups, and an annual Children’s Business Fair for young entrepreneurs to present their products and services to real customers. Find program details and fees online.
5762 Wilcox Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 603-7227

Be WISE Camp

A STEM camp designed to develop excitement, problem-solving skills, and self-confidence in middle school girls through real-life, hands-on experiences in STEM. They host a day camp at Philo Junior High School in Philo, Ohio for girls grades 5-6, and a residential camp at Muskingum University for girls grades 7-8. Scholarships are available with proof of financial need. Visit the website for contact information.

Beyond the Classroom

A day summer program for students grades 6-9 to experience recreational mathematics, movies, puzzles, and problem-solving with OSU Mathematics students and faculty. The program is free of charge.
The Ohio State University, Department of Mathematics
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs

The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural, and professional exchanges across the world. Full scholarships for youth are available.
High School Study Abroad:

Data Science Summer Camp

A free, week-long summer camp that introduces young women entering grades 7-9 to the field of data science and analytics. Students gain hands-on experience and work with mentors to learn how to analyze data from a wide variety of fields, discuss biases in data, explore career opportunities, learn problem-solving skills, and more. Find program details and contact information online.
The Ohio State University, Pomerene Hall

Gifted Programs in Local School Districts


INFOhio is Ohio’s PreK-12 digital library. Use the website to find free reading materials, websites, videos, and games organized by age and grade level. Topics range from early learning and learning to read, world languages, STEM, crafts, and more. Parents and Educators can also find parenting resources and professional literature databases. All resources align with the Ohio Department of Education Standards.

Khan Academy

Find free, high-quality, educational videos on K-12+ topics by subject or by grade. Topics include math, science, computing, arts and humanities, economics and finance, music, philosophy, and more. The Life Skills section includes internet safety, social media literacy, personal finance, college admissions, and social-emotional learning. They also provide free test prep tools for AP tests, SAT, MCAT, and LSAT. Khan Academy Kids is a free educational app for kids ages 2-8 with fun games, videos, printables, and more. The Khan Academy website can be translated into many different languages. Teachers can sign up for additional resources.

Metro Schools

Metro Schools include Metro Middle School and Metro Early College High School. Their programs are public and offer small class sizes, holistic and mastery-based curriculum, and special emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to prepare students for college. Go online for program and enrollment details.
1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 259-6639

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

A free, six-week residential academic enrichment program for high school juniors with a strong academic record and desire for rigorous science education. Students’ housing, meals and activity costs covered by the program. Selected participants receive college admissions counseling, high-level coursework, social events and exploration of the Boston area, and a written evaluation to use for college applications. Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply. Find applications details online.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


Experiential learning program through the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio for high school juniors and seniors from public schools in Franklin County. Students attend the program for a half-day for one or two years, and explore the humanities through hands-on projects, field trips, and working directly with local organizations. Go online for application details.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Supports gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building and research. They provide resources and information for parents and families, K-12 education professionals, and members of the research and higher education community.
1300 I Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 785-4268

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Mechanisms of Human Health & Disease

This summer program offers college-level experiences in medicine and research to motivated and high-achieving high school students. Students explore career options, attend lectures, and complete projects investigating diseases. The top student from the program is given the opportunity to participate in an internship at Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Students must apply for the program and there is a program fee, find details online.
575 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC)

Promotes and supports the development of gifted students in Ohio schools. They offer resources and  advocacy opportunities for educators and parents. They also offer scholarships for K-12, college, and summer education opportunities.
Physical Address: 104 Mill Street, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Mailing Address: PO Box 30801, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 337-0386

Ohio Department of Education (ODEW) Gifted Education

Use the website to find important information about gifted education in the state of Ohio; including gifted screening and identification, academic regulations and policies, scholarships, and additional resources for families.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio Department of Education (ODEW) Ohio School Options

Outlines the school options available for students in Ohio including community/charter schools, private schools, career-technical education, STEM schools, College Credit Plus (formerly known as PSEO and Dual Enrollment), home schooling, scholarships, high school equivalence/GED, and adult diploma programs.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio History Connection

The Ohio History Connection oversees 58 historic sites and museums across the state. The Ohio History Center and Ohio Village are located in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to the museum exhibits, families can take advantage of their many family-friendly events and activities. They also offer immersive experiences for homeschool families. Their website also has lesson plans and educational resources for parents and teachers.
Ohio History Center: 800 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 297-2300 or (800) 686-6124
Museum & Historic Site Locator:

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) Summer Institute

Offers several summer programs for students and educators to gain hands-on experience in computer science and STEM. The Summer Institute is a two-week residential program for academically-gifted high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors. The Youth Watershed Summer Institute is a week-long residential program for Ohio students in 6th or 7th grade. They also have a Summer Institute for K-12 teachers. Participants experience project-based learning, explore topics and problems in science, and enjoy recreation at The Ohio State university campus. No scholarships are available for these programs. Go online for program and registration details.
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-9248

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL) Camp

A residential summer camp program for academically-gifted students in grades 6-8. Campers select four courses from an academic program that includes mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities and creative development. Students stay on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus and enjoy cultural and recreational activities. They also offer a day camp for grades 4-6. Scholarships are available.
(740) 368-3939
61 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015

PASS Psychological Assessment Support Services

Services: Provides comprehensive psychological evaluations, specializing in Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, and Giftedness assessments. Provides actionable recommendations for home, school, and other relevant settings. Education consultation services are also available.
Eligibility: Ages 3-21.
Cost: Private pay, does not accept insurance but can provide a Super Bill for reimbursement. Initial fee of $250, followed by $150 per hour. Evaluations typically take 10-15 hours.
Referral: Self-referral.
2700 East Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209
(440) 796-0932

Pills, Potions, & Poisons

A week-long summer program for high school students with an interest in biomedical sciences who have completed a high-school level Biology or Chemistry course. Students learn through experiments, field trips, projects, and explore careers in pharmaceuticals. The program cost includes supplies, meals, field trip expenses, and a T-shirt. Financial assistance is available, contact the program for details.
Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
500 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2266


A national platform connecting high-achieving, low-income students to higher education opportunities. They offer multiple academic scholarships for students pursuing Humanities, STEM, Jewish students, and others. Scholarships cover education-related costs such as a new laptop, test prep materials, or test fees. The National College Match program is a full, 4-year scholarship to one of the nation’s top colleges for students who have excelled academically but are limited by financial hardship. The College Prep Scholars program is for high school juniors ready to commit to higher education. Go online for program details and application instructions.
(650) 331-3280 or (888) 275-2054

Ross Mathematics Program

An intensive six-week summer course for high school students to explore higher-level mathematics. Programs are held at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio and Rose-Hulman Institute in Indiana.  Students must apply to participate. Program fees are significant but financial aid is available. Go online for program details and contact information.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Program sponsored by Rotary Clubs for youth ages 15-19 to experience living as an international exchange student. Students attend local schools and live with host families while learning a new language, culture, and leadership skills. Rotary Club covers room and board costs and school fees. Application details vary depending on your local Rotary Club guidelines. Visit the website to find your local Rotary Club and contact them for more information.

Science Near Me STEM Resources

This project through the National Science Foundation provides a database of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs and opportunities near you. Search by name, location, or activity type to find after school programs, community events, citizen science projects, and more.

Seeds of Caring

Teaches and inspires kids to engage in service, social action, and community-building. They partner with local non-profits to provide free or low-cost monthly service projects, learning opportunities, and family events. They host in-person events as well as Anywhere Projects for families to complete at home. Kindness Corps is an in-school program for grades 2-4, interested educators can sign up  for an educator training session. Visit their website to register for an upcoming project, event, or training.
355 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 219-9467

Summer Academy for Mathematics & Science (SAMS)

A 6-week immersive, residential program for students from communities underrepresented in STEM to receive STEM education and mentorship at Carnegie Mellon University. Students must be a junior in high school to apply. Selected students participate in the program for free, including housing and dining. Visit the website for full eligibility and application details.
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
(412) 268-5914

Summer Law & Trial Institute

Free 2-week program for high school students from Southeast Ohio to develop core critical legal skills, gain experience interacting with legal professionals, and learn about transitioning to college. Selected students have daily interactions with lawyers, judges, and Ohio University (OU) faculty, and develop knowledge and skills that will prepare them for collegiate study. The program is free of charge. Go online for full program details and application instructions.
1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-0835

Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)

SLIYS (pronounced “SLICE”) is a one- or two-week online summer program for high school students grades 9-12 organized by the Department of Linguistics at The Ohio State University. Participants explore linguistic sciences and learn from native-language speakers. There is tuition for the program but financial aid is available, and a student’s inability to pay should not prohibit them from attending the program. Go online to apply.
1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-3109

Summer Scholars Program

A two-week early college experience for high-achieving, rising high school juniors and seniors at Miami University. Students will join an engaged community of learners and participate in challenging, immersive academic modules and attend workshops on topics such as the college admission process and financial aid. Need-based financial scholarships are available for students to attend this program. Fees and scholarships do not include transportation to the Miami University campus. Summer Scholars alumnus receive priority consideration for admission to Miami University’s undergraduate programs.
301 South Campus Avenue, Oxford, Ohio 45056
(513) 529-2531

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity

Interdisciplinary research institute at The Ohio State University committed to educating the public, building the capacity of allied social justice organizations, and investing in efforts that support equity and inclusion. Go online to learn about their research, opportunities for community engagement, and free speaker series events.
33 West Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 247-1633

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)

Provides year-long entrepreneurship programs for students in grades 6-12. Students learn to generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to real investors, and launch their very own companies. Students can participate in their local chapter for the chance to compete for cash prizes and scholarship funds at the annual Saunders Scholar competition. Ohio has two chapters.

Young Scholars Program (YSP)

Pre-collegiate and collegiate student success program at The Ohio State University (OSU) for academically-talented, first-generation students in Ohio with high financial need. Student scholars receive college advising, academic coaching, mentoring, college planning tools, and more. They also have the opportunity to engage on-campus for day visits and overnight summer stays. Participants who successfully complete all program requirements receive a financial package at OSU. Applications are generally available in winter and due in spring. Go online for details.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43210
(614) 292-4884

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