Student 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

Please note that YYAS primarily exists as a college access program and gives preference to high-achieving, low-income (HALI) participants who do not have university guidance in their schools or communities.