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 nine 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.

Baobab Summit 2022

Baobab Summit 2022

The Baobab Summit 2022 will be in Kigali, Rwanda September 15th to 17th, 2022. This will be the first time in two years that the Summit will be held in person. For those unable to make the in-person event, we will be live streaming two exciting sessions. Don’t miss these dynamic sessions.

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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.

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 Impact

Hosted by Scholar alum Elma Akob, speakers included two of our longstanding program partners Patrick Awuah, Ashesi University, and Martha Muhwezi, the Executive Director of FAWE. Rounding out this fireside chat was alumni Victorine Vondee and Hero-Godsway Zilevu who shared their journey of impact. Watch the full virtual event here>

Virtual Event #2: Catalyzing Impact in Our Communities

On the heels of our last event “Reflections from the Last Decade”, this virtual event celebrated one of the key pillars of the Scholars Program; the Collective Impact of Our Community. We looked back on the impact the program has catalyzed within communities and discussed our renewed focus for the next 10 years. Learn more here >

Social Venture Challenge

Emerging social entrepreneurs compete to win the Resolution Social Venture Challenge (SVC) at the Baobab Summit. Selected from among 90 competitors, Scholars take part in a competition designed to recognize and celebrate young leaders committed to social change in Africa and beyond.

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