By arming Federal Pell Grant recipients with the resources necessary to thrive, A.L.E. enables lower-income students to take full advantage of the multitude of academic and professional opportunities at their disposal.
THE PROGRAM OPERATES BASED OFF OF A Three-PRONGED MODEL:
Professional Advising & Academic Support
- Each member of the initial cohort – which is to be comprised of approximately 30 participants – will be paired with a Yale graduate student based on their areas of academic and professional interest. Advisors will provide academic guidance, technical and behavioral interview preparation, career strategy advice, resume and cover letter review, access to their professional networks, and graduate & professional school counseling to all A.L.E. Scholars.
- Participants will participate in bi-monthly meetings where students will foster strong relationships with other first-generation and low-income freshmen students. Past meetings have ranged from discussions on social activism to leveraging students' first generation/low-income background in fellowship and internship applications. These meetings will be used not only for social bonding amongst the freshman cohort, but also for constructive skill building.
- Stipends of $5,000 will be awarded to 20 selected freshmen intending to pursue unpaid summer internships with non-profits, NGOs and public sector entities, as well as study abroad programs and research. The remaining 10 spots will be allotted to freshmen pursuing compensated, private sector opportunities, who will receive intensive advising, interview preparation and professional development from upperclassmen and graduate students working in their field of interest.
Through programming, scholars will also interact and engage with faculty in their respective departments of academic interest, facilitating the development of strong academic relationships both in and outside of the classroom.