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.

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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, room and meal plan, and more.

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
South Africa
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 KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology), Ghana University of Cape Town, South Africa
Ashesi University, Ghana Makerere University, Uganda University of Pretoria, South Africa
BRAC, Uganda McGill University, Canada University of Toronto, Canada
Camfed, Ghana Michigan State University, USA Wellesley College, 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.