2016 Yale Young African Scholars Program

Overview: The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is an initiative modeled off of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. This program is intended solely for African students attending secondary school on the African continent.The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is a high-intensity five-day program designed for African secondary school students (entering their second to last year) with talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impacts as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies. The Yale Young African Scholars Program is an official program of Yale University.

Program Starts: 20-26 August 2016

Target Group: High School Students

Area of Study: The programs will help students recognize and understand global issues, strategize responses, and innovate solutions while learning from Yale faculty and African undergraduate and graduate students who currently attend Yale. Students will participate in a lecture series and a number of elective seminars on a variety of topics. The demanding academic content is designed to improve students’ analytical thinking, intellectual flexibility, and written and oral communication skills. These skills will be further utilized in small workshops designed to prepare students for the demanding application processes of U.S. colleges and universities.

Benefits: There is no cost to students to participate in the Yale Young African Scholars Program. Participants are, however, responsible for getting themselves to the venue at the outset of the program and their return home at the end of the program. Participants will also be responsible for any incidental expenses they elect to incur. Admitted students demonstrating financial need may apply for a limited number of travel assistance grants, intended to help defray the cost of international travel between African countries. Students can only apply for travel assistance after they have received an offer of admission to YYAS.

Requirements: The Yale Young African Scholars Program is a selective program for high achieving African students entering their penultimate (second to last) year of secondary school.
Successful applicants will demonstrate high academic achievement leadership potential, and strong interests in the program content, in addition to pursuing an undergraduate degree in the United States.
Applicants should also be able and willing to work openly and effectively with peers.
All applications will be reviewed holistically, and there are no minimum grade or standardized exam score requirements. However, a high level of English proficiency will be expected.

How to Apply: Completed application form – The application can be found online and must be filled out by the applicant.
One teacher recommendation letter – The recommendation letter must be written and submitted by a teacher through a link that will be provided via email. Alternatively, the teacher may email the letter to african.scholars@yale.edu and we will upload it to the student’s application. Applicants should ask a teacher at their school who knows them well and has taught them in an academic subject to write the recommendation letter.
Applicant’s official transcript – The student may upload their own transcript to their application. A student transcript is an official document provided by the school and includes the applicant’s list of courses and grades received

Deadline: 31 March 2016

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