Wellesley's Role

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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. Wellesley will provide a number of young African women—nine Scholars thus far—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.

An extensive campus team provides ongoing support, even after Wellesley.

Professor 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. She 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, she 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.

The following team of Wellesley faculty, staff, and students will assist Mastercard Foundation Scholars throughout their years at Wellesley.  

Tana Ruegamer: 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

Filomina Steady: Faculty Advisor to the Program; Africana Studies Professor

Elizabeth Siwo: Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Coordinator, Slater International Center

Lori Tenser: Dean of First Year Students

We are delighted to welcome Wellesley's 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 Africa 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 (pictured at top of page)