MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program prepares young people, particularly from Africa, to lead change.

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Read about our new Class of 2018 MasterCard Foundation Scholars


The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a $500 million global initiative to educate and develop next-generation leaders who will contribute to social and economic progress. The Program enables young people from economically disadvantaged communities to complete quality secondary and tertiary education, and make successful transitions to further education or the workforce in their home regions. Over the next 10 years, the Program will select 15,000 Scholars, primarily from Africa, who will be unified by a common philosophy of change and ethical leadership.

At Wellesley College, known worldwide for its academic excellence, we bring a special expertise to this Program: We educate women who will make a difference in the world. The MasterCard Foundation is providing funding for a total of nine MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Wellesley over the next few years.


Message from Wellesley college president H. Kim Bottomly
Wellesley brings a special expertise to The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program—we educate women to make a difference in the world.  As women are poised to take even greater roles as leaders in Africa, we want to offer them the transformative education, mentorship, and support that have empowered Wellesley women for more than 135 years.






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Get organized. Chart admission and financial aid deadlines; leave space for your deadline date and completion date, based on your decision plan.

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Read the instructions for Wellesley's requirements and the Common Application thoroughly before completing your application. 

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Apply for financial aid at the same time you are applying for admission; submit the financial aid application by the stated deadline for your chosen decision plan.

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