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.

Please note, the last Mastercard Foundation Scholars admitted to the College will be those entering in Fall 2019.

    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 global network of educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to partner in The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. Partner institutions are carefully selected for their shared values, academic excellence, nurturing environments, and programs relevant to growth sectors in Africa. Each believes that education is a catalyst for social and economic betterment. The network will expand as the Foundation adds more secondary and university partnerships in Africa. These institutions include:

    Secondary Education

    • Camfed International
    • Equity Group Foundation

    Undergraduate Studies

    • African Leadership Academy (The partnership with the African Leadership Academy will enable development of an African-based careers network for Scholars to access internships and jobs across the continent)
    • American University of Beirut
    • Ashesi University College
    • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
    • Sciences Po
    • University of Abomey-Calavi
    • University of Cape Town
    • University of Edinburgh
    • University of Gondar
    • University of Pretoria
    • Wellesley College

    Master's Studies

    • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
    • American University of Beirut
    • Arizona State University
    • Carnegie Mellon University Africa
    • McGill University
    • Sciences Po
    • University of British Columbia
    • University of Cape Town
    • University of Edinburgh
    • University of Gondar
    • University of Pretoria