Yale Young African Scholars Program 2020 (Fully Funded)

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Deadline : February 12, 2020 .  

Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) is an intensive academic and enrichment program designed for African secondary school students planning to pursue tertiary education and who 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 eight-day program, students will be paired with mentors who will help advise them throughout the university application process

Benefits

  • To make YYAS accessible to students from all backgrounds, there is no tuition cost to participate in the Program.
  • Room and board will be provided for all students, along with three meals a day.
  • Participants ARE responsible for any passport and/or visa related expenses, and for getting themselves to the venue at the outset of the program and their return home at the end of the program.
    • Please note that 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.
    • Please note that, if awarded, the grant will NOT cover the cost of securing a passport or a visa, which must be obtained and paid for by the student.
  • YYAS does provide all students traveling internationally with complimentary airport pick up and drop off on the day of arrival and departure.

Eligibility

  • Age: You must be at least 14 years old by application deadline (12 February 2020) in order to be considered. Please note that a typical YYAS student is between the ages of 15 and 18.
  • English: You must be able to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum conducted in English.
  • Citizenship: You must be a citizen or permanent resident of an African country. YYAS will also accept applications from refugees living in an African country.
  • School location: You must currently attend school in an African country.
  • Graduation date:  Applicants must have a term to a full academic year to complete high school as at August 31, 2020. In other words, if you attend school in the Northern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by latest May/June 2021. If you attend school in the Southern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by earliest November/December 2020 BUT no later than November/December 2021. Students who will graduate secondary school before August 2020 are NOT eligible to apply.

Application

Required Documents

  • Completed application form - The application can be found online and must be filled out by the applicant. Students will be asked to complete one 500-word essay and two short responses, and must provide information on their extracurricular activities and the school that they currently attend.
  • Official transcript or grade report(s) - A student transcript is an official document provided by the school and includes the applicant’s list of courses and grades received. Students must upload their official transcript or grade report(s) for each year of secondary school.
  • One (1) teacher recommendation - The recommendation must be written and submitted by a teacher who knows the student well. They may do so through a link that will be provided by the applicant on the online portal. Alternatively, the teacher may email a letter of recommendation in PDF (.pdf) format to [email protected]

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