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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“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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When you educate a girl, everything changes: new book

Aug. 11 2014

Sualihatu: “I am going to be a journalist. I want to tell the world stories.”

There is a young woman in northern Ghana’s Upper East Region named Monica, the eldest of five girls, who aspires to the highest office in her country. “I want to be President of Ghana.”

Sualihatu wants to be a journalist and “tell the world stories.” Bertha wants to be the first woman doctor in her district, while Nora wants to change how we think about HIV/AIDS.

Monica, Sualihatu, Bertha, and several of their brilliant classmates share their stories, aspirations and dreams in “When you educate a girl, everything changes,” a new book that profiles MasterCard Foundation Scholars supported by Camfed in Ghana.

The book was launched at “Investing in Our Future at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit” held in Washington last week.

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Investing in Our Futures at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Reeta Roy reflects on the future of girls’ education in Africa

Aug. 11 2014

“It bodes well for Africa when her young women can dare to dream, and what seemed impossible is now within their grasp,” said MasterCard Foundation President and CEO Reeta Roy at the “Investing in Our Future at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit” held in Washington last week.

Reeta joined the first spouses gathered at the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, to announce that nearly 6,000 of the 15,000 students The MasterCard Foundation has pledged to support with its Scholars Program will be enrolled in high school and university by December 2014.

Listen to Reeta Roy reflect on the future of girls’ education in Africa

Ann Cotton, founder and CEO of Camfed, one of the Foundation’s committed partners in Ghana, was also in Washington. Ann joined representatives of FAWE, the Intel Foundation and Uwezo East Africa to discuss avenues for improving access to educational opportunities for women and girls.

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