"But the most amazing thing about YYGS is they accepted me regardless of my financial situations. It is probably the biggest gift I have ever received."

Anonymous
Ethiopia


I am currently a first year student at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. I attended the 2015 Yale Young Global Scholars Program Science, Policy and Innovation session last summer at Yale’s beautiful campus. I had the most amazing two weeks of my life at YYGS.

Attending all the interesting lectures and seminars, meeting with amazing people from all around the world at the beautiful campus of Yale was a great experience. From dusk to dawn, I enjoyed every little moment, particularly, the Capstone projects, the lectures and discussion sessions, the seminars, the family times, my talented and amazing suitemates, the instructors and everybody else who went to make it all a special experience. I made lifelong friends and gained life changing experiences in just two weeks.

Even though YYGS was a great experience, it would have been impossible for me to attend the program if all my expenses had not been covered by the program itself. For some of us 5,250 U.S Dollars may seem a small amount of money or somewhat affordable, but it is actually more than my father’s annual salary. Because 5,250 U.S.D is about 111,825 Ethiopian Birr and my father’s annual salary is less than that. It would not be fair for me if I had made them pay that much money, it might even be impossible for them. But the most amazing thing about YYGS is they accepted me regardless of my financial situations. It is probably the biggest gift I have ever received. I did not even have to pay for my flight tickets. So I would like to say thank you to Yale and the YYGS program. Thank you for your generosity, for alleviating my finance problems and letting me attend the most amazing program I have ever attended so far.

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