The University Scholars program is the most prestigious award
offered by Youngstown State University. Scholars receive a full
scholarship including tuition, room and board in the Cafaro House
honors residence hall, and a textbook allowance for four years.
In the fall of 1992, President Dr. Leslie Cochran announced the
commitment of Youngstown State University to a new University Scholars
Program. The program is based on the premise that academic excellence
deserves to be recognized on a par with achievement in the highest
areas of human activity, and that this recognition should take the
form of an award of full tuition and room and board for four years
for those able to maintain a high level of excellence. The program, now in its nineteenth year,
awards 40 scholarships annualy.
To find out if you are eligible, please see the Program
The YSU Foundation
The Leslie H. Cochran University Scholars Program is funded by the
YSU Foundation. In 1967 the Youngstown University became the Youngstown
State University. A separate, private, non-profit corporation known
as the Youngstown Educational Foundation was formed under the auspices
of Dr. Howard Jones and 37 community leaders. Dr. Jones had been
president of Youngstown College and Youngstown University for 35
years. The name of the foundation was changed in 1983 to its present
form, the Youngstown State University Foundation, without affecting
the private sector ownership or independent operation of the corporation.
The foundation is devoted to the support, expansion and development
of educational programs at Youngstown State University deemed useful
to the student and beneficial to the community. In the beginning,
the Foundation provided only scholarships, loans, and grants-in-aid
for students at YSU, but as the University's commitment to community
service grew, the Foundation's commitment was broadened also.
For more information about the YSU Foundation, please call (330)
You may also visit the YSU Foundation Website.