Scholars Program

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is developing Africa’s next generation of leaders. The program allows students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. With a vision that education is a catalyst for social and economic change, the program focuses on developing leaders who are transformative, encouraging them to be active contributors in their communities.

The Program provides financial, social, and academic support to Scholars. Financial support includes, but is not limited to, tuition fees, accommodation, books, and other scholastic materials. The scope of majors and degrees eligible for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program varies from institution to institution.

Becoming a Scholar

Find out how to become a Mastercard Foundation Scholar.

Participating Universities

Our partners manage the recruitment and selection of Scholars for the Program.

Scholars Program Partners

A global network of partners committed to ensuring that all young people have an equal chance to obtain a quality education and pursue their aspirations.

Read more about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program in action.

Campaigns

International Women's Day 2018

Our International Women’s Day series highlights stories from Mastercard Foundation Scholars about how gender has shaped their leadership.

Read how gender has shaped Scholars' leadership.

Envision a World Where ...

Mastercard Foundation Scholars express their ideas for change.

Hear Scholars' visions for the world