Yale Young African Scholars Program for African Pre-University Students

Yale Young African Scholars

Course(s) Offered: Leadership (Any discipline)
Course Level: Pre-university, Secondary school
Provider: Yale University
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is an intensive academic and enrichment program designed for African secondary school students who plan to pursue tertiary education and wish to make meaningful impact as young leaders on the continent.

Participants will enhance their academic skills, receive university admission and financial aid application guidance, and join a network of young leaders from across Africa. Following the YYAS program, students will be paired with mentors from local organizations and U.S. university students who will help advise them throughout the university application process.

The YYAS Program was conceived in 2013 by a group of African undergraduate and graduate students at Yale University. Their goal was to share their knowledge and experience of studying in the U.S. with some of the continent’s most talented secondary school students, and to help them prepare for the demanding university application process. There is no cost to students to participate in the YYAS Program.

Yale University

YYAS accepts applications from current secondary school students in Africa who will have to complete at least one full academic term or semester after August 2018. In addition, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of an African country.

YYAS does not accept applications from students in their final term of secondary school, from secondary school graduates, or from university students.

YYAS cannot accept applications from students who are younger than 14 years old by the application deadline.

Students who have attended YYAS previously are not eligible to reapply, but are encouraged to consider applying for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. Click here to learn more.

A typical YYAS participant has:
  • Excellent academic records
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers
  • Persistence and determination when facing challenges
  • High standards of personal and professional conduct
  • The ability to read, analyze, and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English
  • Interest in engaging in discussions about intellectual, moral, and political issues in Africa
Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Fields of study
The demanding academic content is designed to improve students’ analytical thinking, intellectual flexibility, and written and oral communication skills. Current YYAS programming includes: Lectures & Discussion Section, Seminars, Workshops, Standardized Test Preparation, Admissions Day, Mentorship, and a Talent Show

Number of awards
More than 300 African secondary school students will be admitted

Sponsorship duration
YYAS 2018 will be held in two locations: Rwanda (29 July - 07 August) and Ghana (11 August - 20 August)

Scholarship benefits
Room and board will be provided for all students, along with three meals a day. However, participants ARE responsible for getting themselves to the venue at the outset of the program and for their return home at the end of the program. Participants will also be responsible for any incidental expenses they elect to incur.

Students from low-income backgrounds who demonstrate financial need may apply for a limited number of travel grants offered by the program. If awarded, the grant will cover the cost of a roundtrip plane ticket between a student’s home country and the program location. Students can only apply for travel assistance after they have received an offer of admission to YYAS.

Participants in the YYAS program will emerge with an expanded knowledge base, friendships forged with peers from around the continent, and direct access to university student mentors who will help guide them through the university admissions and financial aid application processes.

Method of Application
Interested applicants should check program eligibility as outlined above before they apply. If you have any specific questions about your eligibility, please email african.scholars@yale.edu. To apply, you need to create an account. Required application components include: Completed application form, Official transcript or grade report, and One teacher recommendation. YYAS reviews all applications holistically, and there are no minimum grade or standardized exam score requirements. However, a high level of English proficiency will be expected.

It is important to read through the FAQs and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this program

The deadline to submit is 06 February 2018 at 11:59pm EST

The mission of YYAS is to expose Africa’s brightest young leaders to various opportunities for pursuing tertiary education, and to equip them with the skills to serve their communities and the world. The vision of YYAS is to mentor and support African secondary school students to become Africa’s next generation of leaders and engaged citizens. In line with Yale’s mission of educational accessibility, YYAS is free for all students.

Application Deadline: 6 February 2018
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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