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PTY Summer 2023 Scholarships

In addition to financial aid, Programs for Talented Youth offers a limited number of scholarships. Scholarships require a separate application in addition to a required program application and financial aid application. The scholarship application typically includes an essay.

Scholarships vary each year and are based on criteria defined by the supporting organization, company, foundation, or individual supporting the scholarship. Scholarships range in monetary aid and eligibility requirements, with select scholarships offering full tuition.

Below are the Summer 2023 available scholarships with criteria. Please note, in addition to scholarships, PTY has financial aid available. For more information about financial aid, visit the appropriate program page.

VSA Medical School 101 Course Scholarship (Full Tuition)
    • Criteria: For Tennessee students from low-income households who are currently underrepresented in the medical profession. Underrepresented in the medical field is defined for this scholarship as any student who self-identifies in one or more of the following groups: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latin(o/a), Native American, Pacific Islander, First Generation Future College Student
    • Grade of Scholarship: Rising 11th – Rising 12th
    • Number of Scholarships Awarded: Up to 2
    • Session of Scholarship: July 9 – 21, 2023
    • Amount: Full Tuition (Includes full tuition to the program. Does not include travel to VSA)
    • Application Deadline: Applications accepted from January 5 to January 13, 2023. If scholarships are still available after January 13, the application will remain open.
    • Selection Process: Selection is competitive based on VSA eligibility documentation and scholarship essay.
    • Course Description: View the Med School 101 Course Description. Please note that this course requires prerequisites. Students must be at least 16 years old by July 10 to participate in this lab-based class.
    • Application Fee: If you are applying for this scholarship, you can choose to “pay nothing now” when prompted for the $50 application fee in the VSA application.
    • Application link: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=D8L9NK3XX4NDER7L 
VSA Nanoscale Science and Engineering Course Scholarship (Full Tuition)
  • Criteria: For Tennessee students from low-income households who are currently underrepresented in the field. Underrepresented in the field is defined for this scholarship as any student who self-identifies in one or more of the following groups: Rural, Female, First Generation Future College Students, and/or From a Racial or Ethnic Group Underrepresented in STEM as Defined by National Science Foundation (e.g., Black, Hispanic, and American Indians or Alaska Natives)
  • Grade of Scholarship: Rising 9th – Rising 10th
  • Number of Scholarships Awarded: Up to 2
  • Session of Scholarship: June 25 – July 1, 2023
  • Amount: Full Tuition (Includes full tuition to the program. Does not include travel to VSA)
  • Application Deadline: Applications accepted from January 5 to January 13, 2023. If scholarships are still available after January 13, the application will remain open.
  • Selection Process: Selection is competitive based on VSA eligibility documentation and scholarship essay.
  • Course Description: View the Nanoscience and Engineering Course Description. Students must be at least 12 years old by June 1 to participate in this lab-based class.
  • Application Fee: If you are applying for this scholarship, you can enter the coupon code “PAYBYCHECK” to bypass the $50 application fee in the VSA application.
  • Application link: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=Y933TJ3LEW7DYML8
PTY June Humanities Course Scholarship (Up to Full Tuition)
  • Criteria: For Metro Nashville Public School students and Tennessee students from low-income households.
  • Grade of Scholarship: Rising 1st – Rising 12th
  • Number of Scholarships Awarded: Varied (5 to 15)
  • Session of Scholarship: SAVY and VSA June Humanities Courses
    • Eligible Courses
      • SAVY (K-6)
        • June 12 – 16
          • The Makings of America (Rising 3rd/4th)
          • The Great Debate (Rising 5th/6th)
        • June 19 -23
          • Witty Wordplay (Rising 1st/2nd)
          • Ecological Expedition: Exploring Ecology Through Literature (Rising 3rd/4th)
        • June 26 – 30
          • Tremendous Transformations in Writing (Rising 3rd/4th)
          • Theory, Criticism, and The Force: An Academic Study of Star Wars
      • VSA (7-12)
        • June 18 – 23 (Rising 7th/8th)
          • Writing with Fire
          • Psychological Science Research: Solving the Human Puzzle
        • June 25 – July 1 (Rising 9th/10th)
          • Creative Writing: Free Verse Poetry
          • Our Digital Lives: Rhetoric, Meaning, and Production in the Digital World
        • June 18 – 24 (Rising 11th/12th)
          • Creative Writing: Free Verse Poetry
          • Science Communication and Immunology: Writing for Your Audience
        • June 25 – July 1 (Rising 11th/12)
          • Introduction to Legal Studies: A Crash Course in Law
  • Amount: Full Tuition (Includes full tuition to the program. Does not include travel to program)
  • Selection Process: Selection is competitive based on VSA and/or SAVY eligibility documentation and scholarship essay (for rising 9th – 12th).
  • Application Deadline: Applications accepted from January 5 to January 13, 2023. If scholarships are still available after January 13, the application will remain open.
  • Application Fee: If you are applying for this scholarship, you can choose to “pay nothing now” when prompted for the $50 application fee in the VSA application. If selected as a recipient of the scholarship, only the $50 application fee will be required.
  • Application Link: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=8PT4EEKNAFY7AEWT