YYAS: Yale Young African Scholars Program 2024

YYAS: Yale Young African Scholars Program 2024

YYAS: Yale Young African Scholars Program 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.

Across both programs, 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 program, students will be paired with mentors who will help advise them throughout the university application process.

The YYAS: Yale Young African Scholars Program 2024 will offer an online program option and a residential program option. There are no tuition costs for participation in either program. 

* YYAS Workshop (online): The YYAS Workshop will offer admission to ~200 students, and is open to students across all countries in Africa. To participate, students must be able to access Zoom and Canvas on their own mobile phone, tablet, and/or computer with reliable internet for the duration of the program. The program will focus on career exploration, preparing for the university application process, and making the transition from secondary school to university. Given the limited duration of the program, YYAS has strict attendance expectations where students are unable to miss even one day of the program. Students who successfully finish the program will receive a pdf YYAS Certificate of Completion that can be added to college and university applications.

Eligibility – YYAS: Yale Young African Scholars Program 2024

In order to apply to YYAS, applicants MUST fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • Age: You must be between the ages of 14-18 years old on 18 July 2024 in order to be considered (i.e. born between 18 July 2006 and 18 July 2010). Please note that a typical YYAS student is between the ages of 16-17.
  • 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.
  • Grade Level: You must be a current 10th or 11th grade student (or the international equivalents).
  • Graduation date:   If you attend school in the Northern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by earliest May/June 2025 and no later than May/June 2026. If you attend school in the Southern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by earliest November/December 2024 and no later than November/December 2025.

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.

If you are a YYAS or YYGS alumnus/a, you may NOT apply or reapply for YYAS. (*However, if you are a YYAS alumnus/a, you can apply to YYGS if eligible.)

Application Requirements – YYAS: Yale Young African Scholars Program 2024

The following list describes the typical YYAS requirements, although the most up-to-date and accurate information is always in the application.

The following three (3) components are required of all applicants:

  • 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. National exam scores, if available, should also be submitted but are not required. If a student has changed secondary schools at any point, they must include records both from their previous AND their current school. Please refrain from uploading certificates or transcripts from primary school.
  • One (1) teacher recommendation – The recommendation must be filled out via the Online Recommendation Form that will be sent to a teacher’s email after the student provides their contact details. An email will be sent with a link to the Form and instructions on how to fill it out. The recommendation must be written and submitted by a teacher who knows the student well. Recommendations from parents/guardians, siblings, relatives, family friends, and/or paid private tutors/counselors will NOT be accepted.

We place great importance on these recommendations because we understand that students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and education contexts. We appreciate teachers taking the time to write recommendations for their student(s). To ensure sincerity, we ask that teachers please refrain from sharing their recommendations with students.

Be sure to click the “SUBMIT” button on the last page for your application to be considered. 

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.

Decision Notification: Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by mid-April.

Application Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on 10 November 2023

How to Apply – YYAS: Yale Young African Scholars Program 2024

Get Started:

Step 1: Review the YYAS eligibility criteria.

Step 2: Review the YYAS application required components.

Step 3: Review a PDF of a sample blank application, and start preparing to answer as many application questions as possible.

Step 4: You will need to submit contact information for a parent/guardian, teacher, and/or official at your school. Reach out to them as soon as possible to review the PDF of a sample blank application with you, and be sure to collect the information you need.

Complete the Application:

Step 5: 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. The Early Action deadline to submit the application is 10 November 2023 @ 11:59pm EST, and the Regular Decision deadline to submit the application is 25 January 2024 @ 11:59pm EST.

Step 6: Check 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 7: Once your application is complete, click on the “Review” page. Next click on the “Submit Application” button at the bottom of the page.

Step 8: 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 payment processing.

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