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.


Professional Advising & Academic Support

  • Each member of the cohort – typically 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.

Community Building


  • Participants will participate in weekly 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. 

Summer Sponsorship



  • Stipends of $2,000 will be awarded to a number of freshmen intending to pursue unpaid summer internships with non-profits, NGOs and public sector entities, as well as study abroad programs and research. This funding eases the financial burden that so often prevents low-income students from pursuing their areas of professional 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.