After a competitive application process, a 10th year student at Greensprings School, Zanita Akinkugbe, was accepted as one of the fellows for this year's Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) program. The program is an initiative by Yale University in the USA; Applications were received from thousands of students across Africa and only successful candidates were contacted.
Expressing his happiness and reflecting on the application process, Akinkugbe said: “I am very pleased to have been chosen as one of the scholars. In February, when I was applying for the program, I had to write three strong essays, send the school transcript, receive a letter of recommendation from my teacher and prove that I am very involved in extracurricular activities. Combining all of this with my school's work was a little challenging, but I'm happy that I managed to manage my time very well to create an application loved by the program's organizers.
"Now that I have been accepted, I am looking forward to improving my leadership skills and meeting academic colleagues from other African countries," she said.
Also speaking about student acceptance at YYAS, the secondary director of the Greensprings campus Anthony, Ms. Magdalene Okrikri said: “This is good news for the Greensprings community. Our mission is to motivate our students to become confident and responsible global citizens. So, seeing our student being accepted into such a program is quite interesting and rewarding. Furthermore, it confirms that we have a functional value system within the community. "
The Yale African Young Student Program (YYAS) is an academic and intensive enrichment program designed for African high school students. It brings together students who want to make a significant impact as young leaders on the continent. Participating students will be mentored and receive guidance on university admission and financial aid. The program was scheduled to take place in Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, but will now go online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.