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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What comes next? MasterCard Foundation Scholar Rebecca Nassimbwa reflects on the BRAC secondary school graduation

Dec. 18 2014

MC rm261 064 RebeccaToday, the first cohort of MasterCard Foundation Scholars supported through a partnership with BRAC, will gather in Kampala, Uganda, to celebrate their high school graduation.  Rebecca Nassimbwa, a MasterCard Foundation Scholar alumna from Kampala who studied at Michigan State University, offers the secondary school Scholars advice on what comes next.

Isma Kayiza dreamed of becoming a doctor, but he grew up an orphan and couldn’t even afford supplies like pens, books and uniforms to attend school.  But today, Isma will be graduating from high school.

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Op-Ed: Investing in Africa’s next-generation

Dec. 15 2014

Reeta Roy, CEO and President of The MasterCard Foundation, explains how universities can become ‘beacons of social justice,’ and prepare a generation of leaders and change-makers Africa deserves.

Originally published in Africa.com, Reeta’s editorial was also published by The Daily Monitor and The CEO Magazine in Uganda.

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MasterCard Foundation Scholar Maame Kwamah Otsieku Baah quoted in University World News

Dec. 8 2014

IMG_6085The MasterCard Foundation CEO and President Reeta Roy spoke to Yojana Sharma at University World News about new partnerships between the Foundation and the University of Cape Town, the University of Pretoria, Makerere University and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana.

Maame Kwamah Otsieku Baah, a MasterCard Foundation Scholar in her first year at KNUST, also spoke to University World News, saying that higher education has sparked the urge to give back to her community.

“I believe that even if I cannot change the world, I can lead the change,” says Kwamah. “True success can only be the measure of the value I add to the lives of others.”

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