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.

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

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

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New cohort of MasterCard Foundation Scholars prepares to be changemakers

Sep. 25 2014

A new cohort of MasterCard Foundation Scholars started their first semester at Arizona State University (ASU) earlier this month.  ASU is now hosting 70 Scholars from 17 countries.

Scholars discussed their aspirations and their ambitions to give back to their communities.  Limon Bogere, a chemical engineering student from Uganda, explained, “ASU will help me become a visionary leader who can create positive change in my community.”

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What Today’s Commitment Means for Thousands of Girls in Africa

Sep. 24 2014


Fatty Al Ansar is a MasterCard Foundation Scholar originally from northern Mali. She is currently a student at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

When I was a child, I would dress up as a boy hoping that I would be able to play soccer and go to school like my brothers. Growing up in northern Mali, education wasn’t an option for girls like me. We were taught how to cook and take care of our families. But I always dreamt of getting an education.

My father went against the social conventions, and with his support my sister and I were able to go to school in the southern part of the country. Every summer we would come home and share with our cousins and friends in the village what we had learned, spending hours teaching them to read and write.

My father invested in my future when he encouraged my education. Today, some of the largest foundations and companies in the world announced a new investment in girls’ education; one that will allow even more girls like me to access the life-changing opportunities that education enables.

Girls CHARGE! (Collaborative Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Global Education) is a commitment by more than more 30 organizations, including The MasterCard Foundation, that will  enable 14 million girls in Mali and beyond to access the education they need and deserve.

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“I belong to my community:” MasterCard Foundation Scholars at UBC start new school year

Aug. 26 2014

Patrick Munyurangabo from Rwanda and Maureen Gitata from Kenya speak to Heather Amos at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where they are studying agriculture, nutrition, economics and health so that they might change the agricultural sector in their home countries.

“Africa doesn’t need money, it needs people,” says Patrick.  “It is the land of opportunities. You can do anything you want and be successful.”

“I don’t just belong to my family, I belong to my community,” says Maureen. “Mastering in Food and Resource Economics will help me make a difference in their lives.”

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