African Leadership University Scholarship
Application is Open for the 2023 African Scholarship university scholarship also known as Yale Young African Scholarship (YYAS) program. Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) has made concrete plans to offer both an online and in-person program next July and August.
The program is scheduled to take place 30 July to 5 August (online) and 11-18 August (Zimbabwe). More details will be shared with prospective students and applicants in the coming weeks. You can learn about the program on-line.
The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is a high-intensity academic and leadership program designed for African secondary school students who have the talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impacts as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies.
Entering its SEVENTH year, this intensive program brings together African secondary school students between the ages of 14–18 for a cost-free, intensive academic and residential program.
Administered by the Yale Young Global Scholars Program and building off that model of interdisciplinary academic curriculum, YYAS participants will attend lectures led by prominent Yale faculty, seminars developed by Yale student instructors, and experiential exercises designed to augment their leadership skills.
Participants will engage in robust intellectual exchanges that are crucial to understanding Africa’s most pressing challenges and opportunities.
In addition to the introduction to university application processes, Yale student-led courses and leadership training, YYAS also offers students standardized test preparation sessions at no cost to the students.
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.
About Yale Young Global Scholars
YYAS is designed to bring together high-achieving and socially-conscious secondary school students from across the African continent. Regardless of the format, students can expect a week of university-style seminars, workshops on career exploration and university admissions, interactions with industry and academic professionals from Yale and beyond, and networking with a pan-African cohort of peers.
Asynchronous and synchronous programming will be a critical part of both programs. No matter how students join the YYAS community, both sessions in 2023 will be interactive and transformative experiences that will help prepare young scholars who will lead meaningful change in their communities and abroad.
In 2023, YYAS will offer a residential program in addition to its online program.
As we continue to adjust back to in-person programming amid an ongoing pandemic, the residential program will be smaller than in prior years. Moreover, prospective applicants should review the costs for the residential program. Additionally, there are no costs for participation in the online program.
While the YYAS program can provide free housing and academic curriculum materials for all participants during the residential program, each student will pay a program fee of 175 USD in advance to cover all meals and local operational expenses during the program.
Additionally, each student must be able to pay for and coordinate their own travel to and from Zimbabwe.
The 2022 program gathered a fantastic cohort of 326 students from 35 African countries. Highlights include a motivational Social Impact panel which included two YYAS alumni who are among first cohort of 100 scholars chosen by Rise for their efforts in social impact, a university fair with representatives from North America, Africa, and the Middle East.
in addition to inspiring seminars led by current undergraduate and graduate students on topics such as Sustainable Architecture, How to Make Your Own Documentary, Artificial Intelligence, and Decolonizing African Education.
One 2022 participant from Mauritius summed up their experience: “I have never learnt as much as I did here and it was incredibly enriching. My mind is filled with so much information that I have acquired from all my instructors and most importantly, I now have bigger and better perspectives of how I want to carry out my future studies.”
YYAS is a proud member of the HALI Access Network and gives admissions preference to high-achieving, low-income (HALI) students who do not have university guidance in their schools or communities, since alumni are eligible for a post-program mentorship to assist with university applications.
Summary of Yale Young African Scholarship
Hosting Institute:Not Specified
Scholarship coverage:partial funded
Type of Scholarship: Secondary School holder
Eligible Nationality: African
Scholarship country: Not Specified
Deadline Date : 1 February 2023
Eligibility for Yale Young African Scholarship
Age: You must be at least 14 years old, and not older than 18 years old, by the application deadline (1st February 2023) 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 the latest May/June 2024. If you attend school in the Southern Hemisphere, you must be graduating from secondary school by earliest November/December 2023 and no later than November/December 2024.
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.)
Aim and Benefits of YYAS Training/Short Courses
To make the program accessible to students of all financial backgrounds, there is no cost for students to participate in YYAS.
Duration of Program:
YYAS Online: 30 July- 5 August 2023
YYAS Zimbabwe: 11-18 August 2023
Interview date, Process and Venue for YYAS Training/Short Courses
Selection Criteria: 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.
Interest in engaging in discussions about intellectual, moral, and political issues in Africa
How to Apply for YYAS Training/Short Courses
To apply, students must submit an online application that includes one essay and two short-answer prompts. Students must also upload an official school transcript or grade report.
We also strongly encourage students to provide the contact information for one teacher who knows them well enough to fill out an online recommendation form.
For more application details, click here and apply.
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