Yale Young African scholars Program For African Secondary School Students In 2022

 

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.

Participants will enhance their academic skills, receive guidance on university admissions and career path options, and join a network of young leaders from across Africa. Following the program, students will be paired with mentors who will advise them throughout the university application process. There is no tuition cost for students to participate in YYAS.

YYAS 2022 will be an online program held from 20 July to 26 July 2022. Over the seven-day program, participants will utilize various online platforms, including Zoom, to engage in video seminars, lectures, and conversations. All relevant program information will be communicated directly to admitted participants.

Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) is a proud member of the HALI Access Network and has enjoyed support from The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale and Higherlife Foundation. YYAS was modeled off its sister program, Yale Young Global Scholars, and continues to operate under its umbrella.

How To Apply?

Step 1: Review the YYGS 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.

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 deadline to complete and submit the application is 03 February 2022 @ 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.

Need Help?

Contact YYAS Staff with questions as you complete the application. The earlier you contact us, the more likely that we can help you by the deadline.

Decision Notification:
Please review the Deadlines information for important, specific deadlines, dates, and times. Admissions decisions will be released by mid-April.

Preview Application:

The Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) team strongly encourages you to review the SAMPLE blank application for YYAS 2022 Online below.

As you read through them, look for:

  • Personal, household, and financial information you may need to provide
  • Coursework, grades, and letters of recommendation needed from your school(s)
  • Essays you will need to write
  • Additional information that will help YYAS staff get to know you

Eligibility:

  • Age: You must be at least 14 years old by application deadline (03 February 2022) 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.
  • Grade Level: You must be a current 11th grade student (or the international equivalent).
  • Graduation date:   If you attend school in the Northern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by latest May/June 2023. If you attend school in the Southern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by earliest November/December 2022 and no later than November/December 2023.  

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 for YYAS. (*However, if you are a YYAS alumnus/a, you can apply to YYGS if eligible.)

Questions? Please email us at [email protected].

If you have any questions, please contact YYAS.

Students profile:

The Yale Young African Scholars Program is designed for African secondary school students who wish to pursue tertiary education and make meaningful impact as young leaders on the continent.

A typical YYAS participant has:

  • Excellent academic records
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers
  • Persistence and determination when facing challenges
  • High standards of personal and professional conduct
  • The ability to read, analyze, and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English
  • Demonstrated maturity and interest in engaging in discussions about intellectual, moral, and political issues in Africa

Components Requirements:

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.

 

2022 Blank Application – SAMPLE:

  • Please note: YYAS will ONLY accept submissions via our online portal system. You CANNOT complete this PDF and email it to YYAS. Any/all emailed PDF submissions, or applications sent via post or courier, will NOT be accepted.
  • Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by mid-April.
  • 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.
  • Be sure to click the “SUBMIT” button on the last page for your application to be considered.

Opening Date: 30th september 2021

Closing Date: 3rd February 2022

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