The 2014 Yale Young African Scholars Program is now open for application from African students attending secondary school on the African continent. It is a new initiative that is modeled off of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. The sessions, in Ghana and Ethiopia, are the first sessions to take place outside of Yale’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut.
Program Detail
The 2014 inaugural Yale Young African Scholars programs will be hosted by Yale University in two locations:
• Ghana from 11 – 15 August 2014
• Ethiopia from 18 – 22 August 2014
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
Worth of Award

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Accommodation will be provided for all students, along with class instruction, three meals a day, and in the case of the Ethiopia session, transportation from Addis to Debre Zeit. There is no cost for students to participate in the program.

The Yale Young African Scholars Program is designed to challenge top performing secondary school students (entering their second to last year) with fast-paced, university-level material. Students will spend the majority of each day in lectures, seminars, and small-group discussions. The academic work in the program is intense and covers a wide variety of material.
A student in the program must have:

  • two years of secondary school remaining
  • excellent academic record
  • demonstrated leadership potential
  • strong written and verbal communication skills
  • desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers
  • good work ethic
  • ability to read, analyze, and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English
  • high standard of personal and professional conduct
  • interested in attending university in the United States
  • Students must also be mature and able to engage respectfully and civilly in discussions over controversial intellectual, moral, and political issues.

How to Apply

  • 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.
  • Required application components include an application form (completed by the applicant), a student evaluation form (completed by a teacher), and the applicant’s official transcript or report card from school (submitted by a teacher).
  • Applicants should ask a teacher at their school who knows them well and has taught them in an academic subject to submit the evaluation form and official transcript to [email protected] A student transcript is an official document provided by the school and includes the applicant’s list of courses and grades received.

For Students:

  • Download program application ONLINE
  • Applications can be filled out on a computer and then sent as an attachment to [email protected] However, it is necessary to open the application and save it to your computer BEFORE filling it out. The text will not save on the application unless you save it first.
  • Alternatively, applications can be printed out, completed in blue or black pen, and then faxed to +1 (203) 436-2395 or scanned and emailed as an attachment to [email protected]
  • Your transcript can either be faxed to +1 (203) 436-2395 or scanned and emailed to [email protected]
  • You must ask one of your teachers to submit a student evaluation form on your behalf. Choose a teacher who knows you well and has taught you in an academic subject. Please ask your teacher well in advance so they have time to complete the evaluation form. They may download the student evaluation form here and submit it via email to [email protected] or via fax at +1 (203) 436-2395.
  • Your transcript and/or teachers recommendation may be sent in separately from your application.

For Teachers:

  • Download teacher evaluation form online
  • Two components of the application must be submitted by a teacher: an evaluation form and the applicant’s official transcript.
  • Evaluations forms can be filled out on a computer and then sent as an attachment to [email protected]
  • Alternatively, evaluation forms can be printed out, completed in blue or black pen, and then faxed to +1 (203) 436-2395 or scanned and emailed as an attachment to [email protected]

Deadline: application closes on May 9, 2014.
Click here for details and to apply online
Click here to download the application form

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