High-achieving diverse high school seniors can apply for Young Scholars, a comprehensive, year-round educational experience. The summer-fall-spring learning model maximizes opportunities for learning, research, and internships.

Successful completion of the 6-week academic, social, and cultural Summer Start Program is mandatory to begin fall classes.

How to Apply
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Jessy Dwyer, Young Scholar

Jessy Dwyer '18


"Being a Young Scholar means being backed by a network and representing more than just myself. Whether it’s improving grades or applying for an internship, I have support from my program peers and mentors to get where I want to go.” Read about Jessy Dwyer's college experience »

Sophia Qureshi, Young Scholar

Sophia Qureshi '19

Clinical lab sciences

Hands-on experience is built into the Young Scholars program. A summer role at Highland Hospital helped Qureshi explore geriatric medicine. She also has gained workplace and leadership experience by working for Nazareth's Hickey Center to support interfaith education and by attending an interfaith conference in Washington, D.C., a trip funded by the Young Scholars program.

"Being a Young Scholar has helped me explore opportunities on campus and off campus in Rochester, helped me financially, and helped me know resources on campus before I started my freshman year."

Arielle Mahoney sits at a picnic table on campus

Arielle Mahoney '22

English and inclusive education

Arielle Mahoney '22 was drawn to Nazareth as a place where she could get personal help — and where she could give help and have an impact. She received mentoring and support from staff, was matched with a Spanish tutor her first week, and was welcomed by Writing Center Director Steve Tolson to job shadow and become a writing tutor her first year. "I want to be a teacher and that's going to help me in the long run."
She adds: "I really like my classes. I love my global identity (English) class. We read about mixed cultures and people. It's super interesting to me because I'm mixed race." She also loved an Islam and Global Issues class that included visiting a worship service in a mosque. She joined an interfaith dialogue group on campus and says, "You learn to be inclusive and have tolerance and love people despite their differences."

Glory Egwuonwu Amadi

Glory Egwuonwu Amadi '18

Legal studies and Chinese

The director and staff of the Young Scholars program opened doors for her, says Egwuonwu Amadi. They encouraged her, connected her to internship opportunities, and talked with her about her big dreams for the future. Studying for five months in Jinan, China, further expanded how she sees herself, the United States, and the world. Read her story of transformation »

Young Scholars at Nazareth


    Gabriel Marshall

    Gabriel Marshall

    Director of Student Access and Achievement in Student Access and Achievement
    Director in Young Scholars Program
    Smyth Hall 185D