Partners For Access

Become a YYGS Partner For Access (PACC)

Yale Young Global Scholars is a financially self-sustaining program of Yale University, which means the University does not underwrite any program costs. Our financial aid fund is therefore limited in part due to high operational costs. The gap between our participant need and our capacity to give varies each year, but is usually between $1.5-2 million USD.

Our partners help to close that gap by identifying and providing financial support to deserving YYGS students from their networks. If you are interested in joining the YYGS PACC, please email with the subject line “YYGS PACC.”

See below for a list of our current partners:

Since 1963, A Better Chance has been opening the door to educational opportunities for thousands of young people of color in this nation. Their mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society and they carry out that mission through their signature College Preparatory Schools Program (“CPSP”), which annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 A Better Chance Scholars at more than 300 of the nation’s leading boarding, day and public schools.
Aaron’s Presents is a grassroots youth organization north of Boston that is helping kids find purpose and meaning by having an early encounter with using their unique gifts and qualities to make an impact on others’ lives. The kids can do anything they want as long as it is something good for someone else. It’s completely up to them to join, and they direct the entire process and outcome. The organization has been able to attract kids in gang activity, kids failing out of school, undocumented kids, kids living in high poverty, and kids who never sign up for anything. There’s no other program we can find that is developing kids’ engagement in the larger world in a way that is accessible to all youth, and the kids and teens are flocking to it, saying this is what they really need. Right now, we work with about 400 kids a year plus their older Alumni, and focus on cities such as Lawrence, Lowell and Lynn.

Coney Island Prep High School (CIPHS) believes that all students are entitled to a high-quality education through which scholars will be able to succeed in the college and career of their choice. Coney Island Prep High School makes use of rigorous academics, marked with frequent assessment and evaluation, in order to consistently set high standards for achievement and encourage students to overcome all obstacles.  With high expectations for academics and behavior, and the supports and accountability measures to uphold those expectations, CIPHS provides a school culture that creates strong character, self-advocacy, and a responsibility to become life-long learners.

Cristo Rey New York High School is a Catholic, co-ed, college-prep school, part of the national Cristo Rey Network. We serve students of all faiths who have demonstrated the potential and motivation to achieve success and who do not have the educational background or financial means to attend another private, college-prep school.

DiscoverU is a mission-driven organization that equalizes access to high-quality, out-of-school learning experiences for all youth.  Through experiential learning, DiscoverU assists youth in developing a vision for their future and gaining the social-emotional skills necessary to succeed in college, career, and in life.  In addition to supporting youth directly, DiscoverU builds robust support systems that involve families, schools, communities, and learning-opportunity partners.

Hartford Youth Scholars (HYS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with Hartford students – beginning when they are in middle school – and helps them get “to and through” college. HYS helps highly motivated Hartford students gain access to and graduate from best fit secondary schools and colleges. The organization provides Scholars and their families with academic and mentoring support for 10 years, beginning the summer before students enter 7th grade and continuing through college graduation.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. By offering the largest scholarships in the country, in-depth academic counseling and other direct services, the Cooke Foundation seeks to help high-performing, low-income students to develop their talents and excel educationally.
Joyce Ivy Foundation was established to assist young women in their pursuit of higher education opportunities. As a non-profit organization, The Joyce Ivy Foundation is dedicated to the academic advancement of young women in the Midwest. The Foundation seeks to provide exposure, encouragement, counsel, financial assistance, and employment support to young women who have the academic, intellectual, and leadership potential to attend the nation’s most selective institutions of higher education.
Minds Matter is a comprehensive and highly-successful three-year program that empowers young people from low-income families to achieve college readiness and success. The organization was founded in New York City in 1991 by six Wall Street professionals who understood that the gap in low-income student achievement is not one of intelligence, but resources.
Opportunity Network levels the playing field for low-income high school and college students by providing access to college and career success.
Peninsula Bridge is a college access and completion organization that supports underserved, highly-motivated middle school, high school and college students with a comprehensive, 13-year program model. We are helping to break the cycle of poverty and greatly increase each student’s chance for success in school, life and career by empowering the next generation of employees, entrepreneurs and leaders from diverse backgrounds.

Reach for Excellence empowers determined learners and expands their possibilities in the classroom, in the community, and in life by preparing talented middle school students, who possess limited opportunities and resources, to succeed in college preparatory programs.  Through three six-week summer sessions and three school years of Saturday courses, Reach for Excellence provides and reinforces the academic and social skills each student needs to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.  A program of the Society of Mary, Reach for Excellence is tuition free and is hosted at Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia.

REACH Memphis helps high-achieving students succeed in high school, college and beyond. Educational opportunities are provided for motivated students to reach their highest potential by engaging them in a continuum of services including high school readiness programs, summer experiences, college counseling and mentoring.
REACH Prep helps motivated and talented black and Latinx students from underserved communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties and the Bronx gain admission to and thrive in rigorous independent schools. Upon placement, students benefit from a 12-year educational continuum, including comprehensive academic enrichment, leadership training and supplementary individual and family guidance, which prepares them to succeed at and graduate from competitive colleges. REACH Prep’s model of access to high-quality education along with sustained, comprehensive and long-term support achieves college success rates that defy trends and national statistics.
The Schuler Scholar Program equips high-achieving and underrepresented students to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, are students of color, or come from low-income families. To date, Schuler has helped more than 1,400 first-generation students, students of color, and low-income students in Chicago on their path to college and beyond.


SEO Scholars is an 8-year, academic college access and completion program with a 90% college graduation rate for our first generation and low-income students. We currently serve high school students in New York and San Francisco through rigorous college-level classes in preparation for higher education, as well as college students around the country in preparation for successful career transitioning.
Seren is a network of regional hubs designed to support Wales’ brightest sixth formers achieve their academic potential and gain access to leading universities. The Seren Network nurtures Wales’ talented students to give them the best possible education and make the most of the opportunities available to them. Seren strives to stretch and challenge students in the subjects they enjoy, delivering subject-specific workshops to extend their depth of knowledge and creating a peer group of high achieving, like-minded and passionate  students. In addition, Seren supports schools and teachers in providing the best information, advice and activities for their high achieving students.

Through the Summer of a Lifetime program, low-income, minority scholars of the Noble Network are provided funding and support to participate in life-changing, summer academic enrichment programs on college campuses nationwide. Founded in 1996, over 5,500 scholars have been served since our founding.

The Sunflower County Freedom Project is a 21-year old nonprofit organization serving 7th grade through college students in Sunflower County, Mississippi. We provide after school and summer programming, focusing on academic enrichment, arts programming, educational travel, college preparation, and leadership development. We use the legacy and spirit of the civil rights movement to inspire and empower today’s young leaders.
TEAK is a free program that helps talented students from low-income New York City families achieve their potential. Through intensive after school and summer classes, TEAK prepares middle school students to get into the nation’s most selective high schools and colleges. TEAK’s strong support system ensures that students thrive in their independent (day and boarding) high schools and graduate from college, ready to pursue their professional goals and positively impact the world.
Questbridge: Quest for Excellence NYC Award is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students — beginning in high school through college to their first job —QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities.