The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides talented young people from economically disadvantaged communities, particularly in Africa, with access to quality and relevant education.


Throughout their education, Scholars receive comprehensive financial, academic, and social support, as well as opportunities for community service and internships.

  • Scholar Stories

    Two MasterCard Foundation Scholars tell us why attending high school has given them a chance to pursue their dreams.

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    Benefits of Secondary Education

    Secondary education is critical for young people - and their communities - to reach their full potential.

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African girls find their voice through education

Jul. 28 2014

Deepali Khanna, The MasterCard Foundation’s Director of Youth Learning, discussed the positive social impact that education is having on African girls with Xanthe Ackerman of The Financial TimesThis Is Africa, saying: “Girls like Samata Alhassan, Hamdiatu Salifu, and Zaa-Idatu Shahad Bawa, who I met in northern Ghana – a part of the country where young women’s enrollment rates are particularly poor – told me that education has allowed them to speak up and be heard.”

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The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Holds Annual Learning Summit In Accra

Jun. 27 2014

The MasterCard Foundation partners CAMFED Ghana and Ashesi University convened the inaugural Learning Summit, a meeting of minds that focused on sharing strategies to improve quality secondary and university education in Ghana. In an address at the summit, Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana Christopher Thornley lauded The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for its efforts to educate an estimated 15,000 young people around the globe, adding that the World Bank has identified access to a university education as one of the top-five factors that have reduced poverty and inequality in Ghana.

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A long way from home

Jun. 27 2014

“Someday, if everything goes according to plan, they’ll be part of a new generation of African leaders – energetic, worldly and determined to serve their countries,” write Patrick Lejtenyi and Neale McDevitt.  The pair from McGill News Magazine recently spoke to MasterCard Foundation Scholars Ignace Nikwivuze, Njeri Muguthi, Fauziat Serunjogi, Valary Malowa, Diana Matabwa, Emefa Agbeshie and Iptisam Sani about their experiences in adapting to their new lives at the University of McGill in Montreal, Canada.

In the face of culture shock – from learning to try new foods or even how to make snow angels during a Canadian winter, to facing challenges in the classroom and being a long way from home – the MasterCard Foundation Scholars explain how mentorship and support from fellow students and professors have allowed them to build a community in Canada.

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