- Prospective Students
About the Program
About The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
This Program, in tandem with its carefully selected partners, will help promising young people build experiences, values, and competencies critical to success in the economy, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and working across diverse groups.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars selected for the Program are:
Academically talented: They value learning, and are driven to complete their education.
Economically disadvantaged: They face significant barriers to accessing education.
Committed to giving back: They apply what they learn to improve their communities.
Future leaders: They are committed to embracing ethical leadership to improve the lives of others.
The Program provides holistic support to enable Scholars' success
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Wellesley, a women's college, goes beyond traditional scholarships. The holistic, four-year support includes:
Comprehensive scholarships: Support for tuition, fees, books and supplies, a laptop, transportation, room and meal plan, and stipends.
21st-century skills: Training in skill areas relevant to employment success.
Transition assistance: Mentoring, career counseling, leadership development, and other life-skills coaching
Internships and career opportunities: Access to job opportunities across the African continent
Give-back support: Experiential learning and opportunities for volunteerism and community service
The global network of partner institutions
Wellesley College is among a select group of partner institutions carefully selected for their shared values, academic excellence, nurturing environments, and programs relevant to growth sectors in Africa. The network will expand as the Foundation adds more secondary and university partnerships in Africa.
|African Leadership Academy
|EARTH University, Costa Rica||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|American University of Beirut –
Faculty of Health Sciences, Lebanon
|FAWE, Rwanda & Ethiopia||University of California, Berkeley, USA|
|Arizona State University, USA||Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana||University of Pretoria, South Africa|
|Ashesi University, Ghana||Makerere University, Uganda||University of Toronto, Canada|
|BRAC, Uganda||McGill University, Canada||Wellesley College, USA|
|Camfed, Ghana||Michigan State University, USA|
|Duke University, USA||Stanford University, USA|
The future of Africa: to be shaped by its young people
More than 2.2 million youth are expected to enter the labor force each year in Sub-Saharan Africa between 2011 and 2015. This includes young people with academic talent and a commitment to giving back to their countries, yet who are economically disadvantaged and face significant barriers to accessing quality education.
To seize this opportunity, the MasterCard Foundation and a collaborative, global network of education institutions and nonprofit organizations have created The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Together the partners firmly believe that education is a catalyst for social change and economic betterment.