Watson A. Young Scholarship

In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.


Applicants must:

  • Be residents of the state of Michigan.
  • Be in the 6th through 11th grades at the time of application.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Complete the Watson A. Young scholarship application, including essays.

Terms and Conditions

  • Scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and are awarded as funds are available.
  • Priority is given to first-time applicants.
  • Scholarships are awarded once CEO has verified an applicant has been accepted into a U-M summer opportunity administered by or offered in direct partnership with a U-M school, college, or unit.
  • If awarded, scholarships are paid directly to the U-M school, college, or unit sponsoring the summer opportunity.
  • Payments are made after a student’s participation in the summer opportunity has been verified by CEO.

Preparing an Application

CEO requires the following information:

  • Student applicant’s contact and address information.
  • The name and address of the student applicant’s school for next school year.
  • Parent/guardian(s) contact and address information, highest level of education, and occupation.
  • The name and cost of the U-M summer opportunity to which the student applicant has applied, how much of this cost the student applicant’s family/household will be able to afford, and what amount of scholarship assistance is requested.
  • Total family/household income (annually).
  • The number of individuals that live in the student applicant’s household.

Student applicants should prepare the following essays in advance. Each essay should be between 100 and 250 words and can be cut and pasted into the application as appropriate. Essays include:

  • Describe your personal, educational, and career goals. What do you hope to achieve academically both while in high school and after graduating high school?
  • What challenges have you faced while trying to achieve your goals?
  • How have you dealt with these challenges?

The student applicant’s parent or guardian will need to provide the following information:

  • Description of the student applicant’s financial need for the scholarship, including specific financial circumstances that impact the ability of the student to participate in a summer opportunity at U-M (150 word minimum).

How to Apply

Students should apply for the Watson A. Young Scholarship shortly after they apply for a U-M summer opportunity. Applications for the scholarship for 2017 summer opportunities are now being accepted. Click “Apply” on the right above to begin an application.

For more information about the Watson A. Young Scholarship, please contact:

Adam Skoczylas
Program Manager