Since our founding in 1983 the National Youth Science Foundation (NYSF) has struggled with a semantic issue: it is not a foundation that invests money or dispenses it to worthy outside organizations or projects. Instead, it is an organization that raises money to fund its own projects, namely the National Youth Science Camp and programs to encourage and motivate WV students to consider careers in STEAM.

Over the past year, a subcommittee made up of NYSF staff and trustee members have been looking into this issue and determined that the National Youth Science Foundation is to be re-named the National Youth Science Academy (NYSAcademy).

These changes allow us to reflect on the goals and mission of our organization and allow us to continue being relevant in future years. The three changes are:

  • A simplified and updated logo (pictured above)
  • A name change from National Youth Science Foundation (NYSF) to National Youth Science Academy (NYSAcademy)
  • A change in the name of the grounds in Tucker County from the National Youth Science Center to the “Davis Campus of the NYSAcademy”

The Board of Trustees and the staff of the NYSAcademy are excited about the updates to the organization’s identity to serve current and future programming without losing sight of our shared history and strong ties to the state of West Virginia.

Please reach out with any questions about these changes by emailing us at or by calling us at (304) 205-9724.