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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MasterCard Foundation Scholar, Juan Bol, describes how his passion for giving back was inspired by new connections.

Oct. 20 2014

Juan BolEvery year, The MasterCard Foundation hosts a Partner Dinner in New York City.  The event gathers the Foundation partners, Scholars, Board of Directors and the Foundation team as an opportunity to share moments and inspire one another.

This year I was fortunate to be selected to represent The MasterCard Foundation Scholars of EARTH University, along with eight other students from the continent of Africa who are currently studying in the US and Canada. We participated in an eight-hour intensive leadership and entrepreneurial bootcamp.

The bootcamp was the hub of the entire event, where we had the opportunity to meet and have a casual discussion with the bootcamp leader,  Miki Agrawal – a social entrepreneur and author - along with three other entrepreneurs.

Unbelievable projects and unending ideas were shared by intelligent young students from Africa, such as the founding of Tilwalte School in Mali that provides educational opportunities for young girls, among others.

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#DayOfTheGirl in pictures

Oct. 15 2014

As the world observed the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, The MasterCard Foundation and Camfed International presented stories of bright young women they support in Ghana. This gallery, inspired by “When you educate a girl, everything changes,” shines a light on young women like Bertha, who lived in a single room with her family. The only peace to study was night time so she went to bed at 7pm and got up at 2am to learn for five hours before leaving for school. She is now studying to be a pediatrician.

Read more from Bertha and other girls like her.

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Miranda Nyathi talks math, education and the future of South Africa

Oct. 15 2014

MasterCard Foundation Scholar Miranda Nyathi, a final year undergraduate at the University of Cape Town, discusses her love of math, explains how she took over her Grade 10 math class and why teachers are crucial to South Africa’s future. Miranda spoke at the The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program – Global Partner Convening on October 8th 2014.

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