Are you looking for that opportunity to become a young scholar after secondary school? If yes, come grab this award and become a Yale Young African Scholar.
Yale is awarding a free scholarship to young African talented students, with the mindset of bringing change to their community and to the world at large.
About Yale Young African Scholars Program
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 a meaningful impact as young leaders on the continent.
The Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) program is in proud partnership with the Higherlife Foundation and is a member of the HALI Access Network, with additional support from The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale.
You will enhance your 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.
In order to apply for the Yale Young African Scholars program, you MUST fulfill all of the following requirements:
- Age: You must be at least 14 years old by the application deadline (12 February) 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: If you attend school in the Northern region, you must be graduating secondary school by the earliest May/June. If you attend school in the Southern region, you must be graduating secondary school by the earliest November/December. Students who will graduate secondary school before August are NOT eligible to apply.
Note: 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.
Yale Requirement for Young African Scholars
- Activities list
- One 500 word essay and two short essay responses
- Transcript or grade reports for each year of secondary school
- One letter of recommendation
- National Exam scores, if available, should also be submitted
You can also click on the link to see full information on the requirements << Yales Requirement>>
How to Apply for YYAS
Application opens by the end of October, but before then you can take a look at the sample application on PDF to get yourself ready before the application date.
These are the steps to take in applying for the Yale Young African Scholars program.
Step 1. Click APPLY NOW to start your YYAS application. Be sure to write down your email and password to access the application at a later time.
- Create a login account on the YYAS application portal.
- Fill in your details in the provided box and click “continue” and get to the next page.
- A temporary PIN will be sent to your email account, copy the PIN and paste it on the “Temporary PIN” box and also fill in your Birth date and click login.
- You will be required to create your own login password, follow the red written instruction on the page.
- Click on Start Application to get started with your upload.
- A small page puff’s up the screen, click on Create Application button below and finally click Open Application.
Step 2. See the “Review” page of the application to see if you are missing any required components, and re-visit any pages that require further information.
Step 3. Once your application is complete, click on the “Review” page. Next click on the “Submit Application” button at the bottom of the page.
Step 4. Check your inbox for a YYAS confirmation receipt that indicates the successful submission of your application. Confirmation emails usually arrive within 24-48 hours of submission, due to occasional delays in payment processing.