Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Program allows qualified area high-school students to take college courses at Wilkes University at a nominal cost.

Apply for Young Scholars

Open to Students Who

  • Have successfully completed 10th grade in high school.
  • Are nominated to participate in this program by a teacher, school counselor or principal on an official Young Scholars nomination form. 


Students who enroll in at least one course through this program will be designated a Wilkes Young Scholars for the term.

Upon request, Young Scholars receive:

  • Library privileges at Wilkes.
  • Assistance in career planning, college selection and financing.
  • Preferential consideration in Wilkes scholarship awards.
  • Free admission to most Wilkes University athletic, musical and cultural events.


Young Scholars Program courses cost $50 per credit. A typical ciyrse is three credits and would cost $150. For comparison, regular part-time tuition costs is about $995 per credit.

Financial Benefit

Students who begin participation in the Young Scholars program in their junior year, earn a minimum of 18 credits and earn a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 may be eligible to receive a scholarship should they enroll in Wilkes. Young Scholars who meet these qualifications and enroll at Wilkes as a full-time student in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation, will receive up to $2,000 distributed over their freshman and sophomore years, awarded as the following:

  • First Year = $1,000
  • Sophomore Year = $1,000

This is in addition to any scholarships and financial aid you would normally receive.