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.

Celebrating 10 Years of the Scholars Program

In 2022, the Scholars Program is turning 10. To celebrate a decade of transformative impact and learning, join us in a series of virtual events, social conversations, documentaries and our annual summit. Together we will reflect on what we have learned and look to the next 10 years developing Africa’s youth leaders.

Learn more about Scholars@10

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.

Partner Resources for Disability Inclusion

Partner resources for disability inclusion in higher education

Scholars Program e-Learning Initiative

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

Statement of Support During COVID-19

Our commitment to the health, well-being, and education of all Mastercard Foundation Scholars.

Read more about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program in action.

News and Updates

Breaking Taboos and Paving the Way for a Healthier Future

Mastercard Foundation Scholars have a deep personal commitment to changing the world around them and improving the lives of their families, communities, and countries.

Find out how Derrick Tumuhairwe and Jovia Nazziwa are breaking taboos and paving the way for a healthier future in Uganda.


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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