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Becoming a Scholar

Thank you for your interest in the Scholars Program!

The Scholars Program is implemented through our partner universities and NGOs that serve young people from vulnerable backgrounds.  The application process and decision-making is managed individually by each partner in the Program.  Students considered for the Program must be academically strong and have demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

If you are interested in becoming a Mastercard Foundation Scholar, you must apply through the partner(s) of your choice at the links below.

Our Partners

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate education, research and outreach in mathematical sciences.

African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy is a pan-African institution that seeks to identify, develop, and connect promising young leaders who will shape Africa’s future.

American University of Beirut - Faculty of Health Sciences

The vision of the Faculty of Health Sciences is to promote the health and well-being of populations through quality higher education.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University is an institution committed to excellence, access, and impact, which pursues research that contributes to the public good.

Ashesi University

Ashesi University College is a private, non-profit institution with a mission to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa.


BRAC Uganda is the largest NGO in Uganda, creating opportunity for the poor with poverty solutions such as microfinance, youth education and adolescent empowerment.


Camfed works to break the cycle of poverty in Africa by educating and empowering girls and young women to become leaders of change.

Carnegie Mellon University – Rwanda

With a century-long history that has hosted 19 Nobel Laureates, Carnegie Mellon University is renowned as one of the worlds leading engineering institutions.

Duke University

Duke University is a top-tier research institution helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge in service to society in North Carolina and around the world.

EARTH University

EARTH University is an international, non-profit university in Costa Rica that emphasizes ethical entrepreneurship, and environmental and social commitment.

Equity Group Foundation

Equity Group Foundation (EGF) is a not-for-profit implementing foundation based in Nairobi, Kenya that champions the social and economic transformation of the people of Africa.


FAWE (Forum for African Women Educationalists) is a Pan-African NGO working to empower girls and women through education.


KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) advances knowledge in science and technology for sustainable development in Africa.

Makerere University

Makerere University is passionate about innovation. They view every community challenge as an opportunity to exercise their creativity. They build for the future.

McGill University

McGill is an internationally diverse, leading Canadian post-secondary institution with a mission to advance learning through teaching, scholarship and service to society.

Sciences Po

Based in Paris, France, Sciences Po is an international research university ranking among the finest institutions in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a place that inspires bold new ways of thinking, making it a leader in community service learning, sustainability, and research commercialization.

University of California Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is renowned for the distinction of its faculty and students, and the excellence of its research and public service.

University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and our distinct vantage point in Africa, the University of Cape Town is committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds.

University of Edinburgh

The mission of the University of Edinburgh is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge.

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is one of the most respected and influential institutions of higher education and advanced research in the world.

Wellesley College

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education to women who will make a difference in the world.