Scholars@10 Virtual Event – July 2022

Reflections on a Decade of Impact

Date: July 14th, 2022 at  6:00 p.m. EAT/ 11:00a.m. EST

Since launching in 2012, the Scholar Program has grown to become one of the largest scholarship initiatives of its kind in Africa working with more than 40 partners global partners and enabling nearly 40,000 young people to pursue secondary or tertiary education and gain the skills they need to become the next generation of transformative African leaders.

To celebrate the decennial, we are hosting a series of virtual events designed to inform and inspire. To kickoff Scholars@10: A Decade of Transformative Impact and Learnings our first event, invites Scholars, alumni, and partners to share their reflections, achievements, and lessons. 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.

Watch the conversation on a decade of impact.

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Event Details

  • Moderator

    Elma Akob
    Elma is a University of Pretoria Graduate, communications expert, women empowerment advocate, and the founder of Elevate Africa.

  • Speakers

    Hero-Godsway Zilevu
    A University of Science and Technology Scholar currently in the User Experience program at Arizona State University with Baobab Digital Innovation Scholars Program.

    Victorine Vondee

    A Presbyterian University College graduate, author, and entrepreneur currently working with Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana.

    Patrick Gyimah Awuah Jr.
    The Founder and President of Ashesi University. He is also a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Martha R. L. Muhwezi

    Executive Director of Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Regional Secretariat. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Gender Studies at the University of Nairobi.

    Dr. Philip Cotton

    The Director, Human Capital Development at the Mastercard Foundation. He also heads the Foundation’s Scholars Program.


  • Schedule

    • Welcome from Mastercard Foundation President and CEO, Reeta Roy.

    • Listen and participate in a fireside chat looking back at the last 10 years; the impact and learnings we have picked up along the way.

    • Hear about what the next 10 years holds for the Scholars Program.

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