Yale Young Global Scholars Program creates Arab Student Leadership Awards

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is launching the Arab Student Leadership Award, a full-tuition and travel scholarship that will be awarded to up to 10 outstanding high school students from the Middle East to attend the program at Yale this summer.

YYGS is a summer enrichment program that brings together talented high school students from around the world for a two-week academic experience on the Yale campus. The program offers six, unique interdisciplinary sessions featuring Yale University faculty focused on areas ranging from international security to biomedical engineering.

“The Yale Young Global Scholars Program is delighted to offer these 10 Arab Student Leadership Awards,” said Ted Wittenstein, executive director of YYGS. “Last summer’s cohort of Yale Young Global Scholars were nearly 50% international, representing more than 90 countries, including many across the Middle East. With these Arab Student Leadership Awards, YYGS will continue to attract the best and brightest high school students from this critical region to the Yale campus, regardless of their ability to afford this wonderful opportunity.”

YYGS combines the best elements of a Yale liberal arts education with its unique residential life experience, notes Wittenstein. Through its Yale faculty lectures, small seminars, and research projects led by Yale graduate and undergraduate students, participants in YYGS are given the opportunity to grow and be challenged academically. Supplementary programing includes presentations by the Yale College Admissions Office and career panels featuring distinguished guests, in which students gain further insight into the United States college admissions process and develop long-term academic and career goals.

In an effort to provide this opportunity to more talented students from the Middle East, YYGS will award up to 10 scholarships that will cover the full cost of attending the program, including both tuition and round-trip airfare. The Arab Student Leadership Award will be presented to high school students from the Middle East who demonstrate outstanding qualities in leadership and service in addition to academic excellence.

To be eligible to receive the Arab Student Leadership Award, students must be citizens of an Arab League country and attend school in the region. They must also complete the financial aid portion of the online application. More information on how to apply, as well as a checklist of application requirements can be found on the program website.