Wellesley's participation and support

Wellesley College is one of the partners carefully selected for its shared values, academic excellence, nurturing environments, and programs relevant to growth in Africa. Over the next six years, Wellesley will provide nine young African women with comprehensive support that includes scholarships, mentoring, and internship opportunities. At Wellesley, these Scholars will build experiences, values, and competencies that are critical to success in the global economy, and that enable them to give back to their communities and home countries. 

Holistic support enables Scholars' success.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Wellesley College goes beyond traditional scholarships. The Holistic, four-year support includes:

Comprehensive scholarships Support for tuition, fees, 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.







Faculty advisors to provide ongoing support, even after Wellesley

Africana Studies Professors Pashington Obeng and Filomina Steady will help Scholars navigate the academic parameters of the College and assist them in course selection, development of effective study routines, and skills to access Wellesley's academic, social, and cultural resources. They will encourage them to be involved in activities that will develop their leadership capabilities as well as good communication and inter-personal skills. In addition, they will work closely with them as they prepare for graduate school, post-graduate internships, or employment and will continue to assist them as they advance toward their path to leadership positions in Africa.

I'm excited that I, as faculty advisor, will help launch the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to benefit students from Africa. As a mentor, I will help the students so that they can easily use the many wonderful services and opportunities at Wellesley College. Even after they select their major advisor, I will continue to meet regularly with them so they can access all the support networks and resources to succeed at Wellesley. 
—Pashington Obeng, Faculty Advisor, Africana Studies Professor

We are delighted to welcome Martha Aywa '17 and Refilwe Kotane '17, Wellesley's first MasterCard Scholars, to Wellesley College, where they will receive an excellent liberal arts education, enjoy the historical and cultural heritage of the Boston area, an make lasting friendships with fellow students from the United States and around the world. Wellesley alumnae from African have gone on to outstanding careers, including medicine, law, education, diplomacy, business, social work, NGO work, as well as politics.—Filomina Steady, Faculty Advisor, Africana Studies Professor

An extensive campus team supports the Scholars' Program at Wellesley

In addition to the above faculty advisors, a team of Wellesley faculty, staff, and students will further assist MasterCard Foundation Scholars throughout their years at Wellesley.  

Karen Pabon Advisor to International Students and Scholars; Director of Slater International Center
Tracey Cameron Assistant Dean of Office of Intercultural Education; Director of Harambee House; Advisor for Students of African Descent
Pashington Obeng Faculty Advisor to the Program; Africana Studies Professor
Filomina Steady Facutly Advisor to the Program; Africana Studies Professor
John O'Keefe Director of Advising and Academic Support Services; 2014 Class Dean
Salwa Muhammad '06 Program Director, Internships, Center for Work and Service
Carine Wete '16 Student Assistant to the Program, to Slater International Center, and to Harambee House - for students of African descent

“By mentoring our Scholars and advocating for them, I hope to ensure that they have everything they need to be successful academically as well as in the community. I want them to have an excellent experience! That’s what I’m here for. Wellesley is such a beautiful place; you get so much support and so many opportunities for intellectual exploration. Our students and professors are amazing. Professors get to know you as an individual, and you can even meet with the president (H. Kim Bottomly) here!”
—Carine Wete '16, a Davis Scholar and economics major, serves as an advocate and mentor to the MasterCard Foundation Scholars as well as a bridge to Wellesley faculty and administration.