Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

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Key Information

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is developing Africa’s next generation of leaders. The program allows students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. With a vision that education is a catalyst for social and economic change, the program focuses on developing leaders who are transformative, encouraging them to be active contributors in their communities. The Program provides financial, social, and academic support to Scholars. The scholarshiop support includes: uniform, scholastic, sanitary materials, reference books, science kit, and stipend and transportation costs. Financial support includes, but is not limited to, tuition fees, accommodation, books, and other scholastic materials. The scope of majors and degrees eligible for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program varies from institution to institution.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2012 -


African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), African Leadership Academy (ALA), American University of Beirut (AUB), Arizona State University (ASU), Ashesi University College, Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa), Duke University, Earth University, Equity Group Foundation (EGF), Human Sciences Research Council, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Leadership Effectiveness Accountability Professionalism (LEAP) Africa LTD, Makerere University, Matchboxology, McGill University, Queen's University, Sciences Po, Social Science Research Council, Stanford University, The Resolution Project, University of Abomey-Calavi, University of British Columbia (UBC), University of California Berkeley (UCB), University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Edinburgh, University of Gondar, University of Pretoria (UP), University of Toronto (U of T), Wellesley College

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Meets gender-transformative education criteria from the TES  


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Post-secondary
  • Secondary completion


  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Mentorship

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys in school, Girls in school, Youth


14 - 19

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary
  • Tertiary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Reducing economic barriers

  • Reducing/eliminating school fees
  • Scholarships/stipends for school fees

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Increased secondary school completion

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

Roman Degefa
Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)
Executive Director