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.

Statement of Support for Mastercard Foundation Scholars During COVID-19

In this challenging and uncertain time, we want to affirm our unwavering commitment to the health, well-being, and education of all Mastercard Foundation Scholars. Read more.

Information About the Scholars Program

Find out how to become a Mastercard Foundation Scholar.

Apply to the Scholars Progam

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

Scholars Program e-Learning Initiative

Find out how the initiative will deliver high-quality and inclusive online learning.

Partner resources for disability inclusion

Partner resources for disability inclusion in higher education

Read more about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program in action.

News and Updates

Social Venture Challenge

Scholars are creating positive change in their communities through social ventures.

Read about Scholar ventures addressing big challenges

Envision a World Where ...

Mastercard Foundation Scholars express their ideas for change.

Hear Scholars' visions for the world

International Women's Day

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