Program Overview

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) 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.

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 from local organizations and U.S. university students who will help advise them throughout the university application process.

There is no cost to students to participate in the YYAS Program. Participants are, however, responsible for getting themselves to the venue at the outset of the program and for their return home at the end of the program. Participants will also be responsible for any incidental expenses they elect to incur. 

Admitted students demonstrating financial need may apply for a limited number of travel assistance grants, intended to help defray the cost of international travel between African countries. Students can only apply for travel assistance after they have received an offer of admission to YYAS.

Interested applicants can check program eligibility here.

Learn more about previous programs:

2017 program in Ghana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe >>
2016 program in Rwanda, Ghana, and Zimbabwe >>
2015 program in Rwanda and Zimbabwe >>
2014 program in Ghana and Ethiopia >>