Celebrating 10 Years of the Scholars Program

Celebrating 10 Years of the Scholars Program

The Scholars Program is celebrating 10 years. In 2012, the Mastercard Foundation launched the Program with six university partners and the first cohort of 145 scholars. Ten years later, the Scholars Program has reached over 40,000 young people through a Partner Network that now includes 40 higher education institutions and NGOs, more than 50 percent of which are African. The Scholars Program has become the largest scholarship initiative of its kind.

Join us in a series of virtual events, social conversations, documentaries and our annual summit all to celebrate what the Scholars Program has achieved and reflect on what we have learned together.

Virtual Events

Through a series of virtual events we will welcome current Scholars and Alumni to share their experiences as we honour their resilience, personal accomplishments & impact on their various communities. We will also get to hear from the Scholars Program partners and affiliated institutions about what’s worked (and not worked!) to recruit and support talented young people from under-resourced communities over the last 10 years. And, as we look to the future, these sessions will be pivotal in getting a sense of our commitment to bold action and collaboration towards shaping the future of the education.

Virtual Event #1: Reflections on a Decade of ImpactScholars@10 July 2022 Virtual Event

Hosted by Scholar alum Elma Akob, speakers include two of our longstanding program partners Patrick Awuah, Ashesi University, and Martha Muhwezi, the Executive Director of FAWE. Rounding out this fireside chat is alumni Victorine Vondee and Hero-Godsway Zilevu who will share their journey of impact. Learn more and register your interest>

Baobab Summit 2022

Our series of virtual events will culminate in the Baobab Summit, which will take place at the Kigali Convention from September 15th to 17th, 2022 – the first time in two years that the Summit will be held in person.

Experience Past Years’ Baobab Summits:

Learn about our exciting lineup of past speakers, watch virtual sessions and see the highlights from the extraordinary three-day event.

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