Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Education & Learning


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program provides access to secondary and higher education for young people who are committed to giving back to their communities. It is designed to provide students with holistic support, including the following:

Comprehensive Scholarships Students receive financial support for fees, uniforms, books and supplies, transportation, accommodation, and stipends.

Skills Training Students benefit from enrichment in areas relevant to employment success, such as critical thinking, communications, and entrepreneurship.

Transition Support Students receive support during their transition into secondary school, university or the workforce with mentoring, career counseling, internships, leadership development, and other life skills coaching.

Give-Back Component — An integral component of the Program is the commitment from the Scholars to give back to their communities and countries of origin. Students demonstrate this commitment through volunteerism and community service, as well as other forms of experiential learning.

Alumni Network Graduates of the Scholars Program will be connected through an alumni network that offers information, resources, and opportunities to consult with other graduates.


Students selected for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program are provided with opportunities to realize their full potential. Through Foundation partners, they receive holistic financial, academic, and emotional support as they transition from secondary to university education and into the workforce. Scholars will build core competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, and working across diverse groups to ensure their success in the global economy.

Partner institutions will identify and select young men and women from economically disadvantaged communities who have demonstrated the following attributes.

Academic Talent Scholars value learning and have the drive to complete their education.

Commitment to Giving Back Scholars have a demonstrated commitment to improving their communities.

Potential to Lead Scholars will become role models, mentors, and problem solvers.

How to Become a Mastercard Foundation Scholar

For more information on how to become a Mastercard Foundation Scholar please contact partner institutions directly. Partner institutions are listed below.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is building a global network of education institutions and non-profit organizations committed to its vision to educate young people. Partners in the Program are selected for their shared values, academic excellence, nurturing environments, and programs relevant to developing countries.

African Leadership Academy

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

American University of Beirut – Faculty of Health Sciences

Arizona State University

Ashesi University



Carnegie Mellon University – Rwanda

Duke University

EARTH University

Equity Group Foundation Wings To Fly



Makerere University

McGill University

Michigan State University

Sciences Po

Stanford University

University of British Columbia

University of California, Berkeley

University of Cape Town

University of Edinburgh 

University of Pretoria

University of Toronto

Wellesley College



$700 million