The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy – Finance will be conducted in three sessions:
Organized by Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS), the Global Young Leaders Academy – Finance (GYLA) is an intensive two-week summer program for a select group of domestic (USA) and international high school students. Students must be at least 15 years of age (upon start date of the program) and in high school.
The Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) Global Young Leaders Academy – Finance is the latest addition to the successful KWHS summer program. An alternative to the existing GYLA sessions that teach business and entrepreneurship, this latest module launched in 2019 provides current high school students from around the globe with a two-week summer experience at Wharton focusing on finance and investment. With the guidance of Wharton faculty and PhD students, participants will explore all aspects of finance, from the time value of money and corporate finance, to ethics and investment decision-making. Students will trade on Wharton’s Online Trading & Investment Simulator – using real-world market data without risking real money – and develop and deliver a team-based investment project. In addition to rigorous course work, GYLA students collaborate closely in smaller teams, experience campus life, develop relationships with classmates from around the world, and discover Philadelphia and other local destinations.
KNOWLEDGE@WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL (KWHS)
The mission of KWHS, a member of the Knowledge@Wharton global network, is to promote global financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership among high school students and educators by providing innovative educational content. KWHS publishes a free global online business journal for high school students interested in exploring all the ways that business touches their lives. In addition, KWHS creates opportunities for students and educators to explore their business-related interests both inside and outside of the classroom through lesson plans, summer programs and educational challenges.
THE WHARTON SCHOOL
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The school has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 93,000 graduates.
Knowledge@Wharton is the online business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The site, which is free, captures relevant knowledge generated at Wharton and beyond by offering articles and videos based on research, conferences, speakers, books and interviews with faculty and other experts on global business topics.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
The University of Pennsylvania was established in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. It is one of the eight most prestigious Ivy League schools. With a consistent Top 10 ranking in the USA, Penn’s acceptance rate is as low as 9.9%. Penn has four undergraduate schools: College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing and the Wharton School.
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HOW TO APPLY
Students applying for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy – Finance must submit their applications online.
Eligibility: Current high school students (9th to 12th grade) with demonstrated academic accomplishments and a strong interest in finance. Students should have some prior knowledge in economics and business. Students must be at least 15 years of age upon start date of the program – no exceptions will be made.
- A completed online application.
- A high school transcript.
- Proof of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 is recommended.
- A completed and signed teacher recommendation form.
- Responses to three short-answer questions:
- Why do you want to apply to this program? What sparks your interest in finance? Be sure to use examples to illustrate your answer.
- Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you would like to solve. Why was or is solving that problem important to you?
- How would your friends and teachers describe you? What experiences have you had with people who are different than you in some way?*The admission process for the program is completely independent to that of Penn or Wharton. Participation in the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy – Finance does NOT guarantee admission into Penn or Wharton.Application deadline: May 15 for all applicants. However, we review applications on a rolling basis and decisions are usually released within 14-20 business days after a full application is submitted.
TUITION FEES AND PAYMENT POLICY
The fee for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is US $6,000 plus a refundable security deposit of US $500. It covers tuition, activities, housing, most meals, ground transportation and medical insurance while at the program. However, it does not cover airfare, international travel insurance or visa costs. Financial aid is available.
Application fee: KWHS waives the application fee in hopes of encouraging students from all backgrounds to apply for the program.