US State Department announces YES scholarship programme for Pakistani students

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YES programme, for Pakistani students out again. Pakistani students with physical disabilities and students from non-elite and government schools, who meet the criteria can apply.

The Pakistani students desirous to study in the high schools of the United States of America (USA) have been asked to apply online for the fully funded Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Programme for the academic year 2022-23, by September 15.

The one-year duration K-L YES program is a high school exchange programme sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is implemented by a consortium of organizations led by American Councils for international education, said an authentic source.

It covers all costs of the selected candidates, including Air fair, room, meals, health insurance and stipend, said sources. Since 2003, the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program has provided scholarships to 1,351 high school students from all over Pakistan, according to the website, www.yespk.org

The program provides high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations the opportunity to spend an academic year as an exchange student in the United States, attending high school and living with an American host family. To be eligible for the K-L YES program, interested candidates must be a Pakistani citizen and not dual citizens or permanent residents of the United States (US), or any other country; aged between 15 and 17 years on August 15, 2022; and be currently enrolled in grade 9, 10 or O level in the academic year 2021-22.

The selected students would be enrolled for a full academic year of high school study in the U.S., attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities with their American classmates. YES students would also participate in special enrichment activities, including community service, youth leadership training, and other activities that help them learn more about American culture.