Become a YYGS Partner

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 becoming a YYGS Partner, please email with the subject line “Partner.”

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.
Abaarso School believes in nurturing the academic, intellectual, and character development of promising Somali boys and girls so that they can effectively and ethically advance their society as the leaders of tomorrow.
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.
Haileybury Almaty is a co-educational not-for-profit day school in Almaty, Kazakhstan. As part of its commitment to expand access to education and benefit the local community, the school offers scholarships to exceptionally talented local pupils. Through a holistic and critical-thinking based education that reflects the best of the British Independent School tradition, Haileybury Almaty seeks to prepare the future leaders of Kazakhstan for global success.
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.
LEAF is a non-profit organization based in Slovakia. We want to contribute to developing young people with the potential to become leaders in the private sector and public administration, demonstrating character, excellence, entrepreneurial leadership, and civic engagement regardless of their socio-economic background.
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.

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.


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.
StreetSquash was founded in September 1999 as the second urban squash program in the United States. A comprehensive youth enrichment program, StreetSquash combines academic tutoring, squash instruction, community service, college preparation, leadership development, and mentoring for young people ages 11-24. StreetSquash’s mission is to provide consistent, long-term and reliable support to the children, families and schools in Harlem. By exposing these children to a broad range of experiences and by maintaining the highest standards, StreetSquash aims to help each child realize his or her academic, athletic, and personal potential.

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.