Yale Young African Scholars Opens the 2020 Application

Yale Young African Scholars Opens the 2020 Application

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is excited to announce that our 2020 application is now available online!

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. There are no tuition, meal, or lodging costs for students to participate in YYAS.

YYAS is an official program of Yale University.

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective applicants must be current secondary school students in Africa who have one term to one full academic year left to complete after August 2020. In addition, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of an African country.

Selected participants will be self-starters who have an interest in pursuing post-secondary education, are in excellent academic standing, and demonstrate leadership potential. A full list of eligibility criteria include

  • 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.

If you are currently in your final year or term of secondary school, have already graduated secondary school, or are a university student, then you are NOT eligible to apply.

How to apply

  • students must submit an online application that includes one essay and two short-answer prompts. Students must also upload an official school transcript or grade report as well as provide the contact information for one teacher who knows them well enough to fill out an online recommendation form.

Students must also upload an official school transcript or grade report as well as provide the contact information for one teacher who knows them well enough to fill out an online recommendation form.

Click here to apply

The deadline to submit all materials is 12th February 2020 at 11:59pm EST.
For more information on how to apply, please email african.scholars@yale.edu or check the websites

YALE YOUNG AFRICAN SCHOLARS

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