The Young Scientist Foundation was founded in 2011 when Chef Floyd Cardoz of New York City won a popular cooking television show and donated his winnings to start an education foundation. He realized there wasn’t significant funding available for high school students to work in biomedical research laboratories and denying a student an opportunity because of a lack of resources is something he and the founders of YSF wanted to change. In 2013, YSF expanded its reach beyond placing students at Mt. Sinai in New York City to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.

Since its inception, YSF has expanded is reach from placing two students in 2011 to 22 students in 2016.