The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Under The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program students from African countries can get scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate level courses at Michigan State University USA. The Scholarship will provide full tuition.
The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with Michigan State University USA to provide full tuition scholarships to undergraduate and master’s students from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The university will receive $45 million in funding from the foundation to support 185 scholars throughout the nine-year program, which includes 100 four-year undergraduates and 85 master’s degree students. MSU will host the most scholars among the six U.S. partner institutions.

Students who have demonstrated academic talent, are economically disadvantaged and have a personal commitment to give back to their countries are invited to apply for these scholarships.

Through financial, academic, social and post-graduation support, The Scholars Program will ensure that young people are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to spur economic growth and social development in their respective countries of origin.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Course(s) Offered: All available
Course Level: Undergraduate, Graduate (Masters)
Provider: MasterCard Foundation
Country to Study in: USA
Eligibility
The program is open to residents and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries. Students must be first-time applicants to MSU. Transfer students are not eligible for the program.

Undergraduate Students:

  • Strong academic performance to date in secondary school suggesting continued academic success as an undergraduate student.
  • An interest in and capacity for give-back, evidenced by commitment and engagement outside the classroom in the school and/or community.
  • Manifest ethical behavior and strong character essential to joining The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Network.
  • Ability to deal with change, uncertainty, and adversity, as well as interest in other countries and cultures, necessary to succeed as a student overseas and represent one’s home country in this role.
  • Significant financial need and/or from lowest income bracket in country of origin.
  • Commitment to give back in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa.

Graduate Students:

  • Prior completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Africa with academic achievements suggesting continued academic success as graduate student.
  • Strong commitment to a professional path in line with the area of study that can positively impact Africa.
  • An interest in and capacity for give-back, evidenced by commitment and engagement on campus, in professional pursuits and/or community.
  • Manifest ethical behavior and strong character essential to joining The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Network.
  • Ability to deal with change, uncertainty, and adversity, as well as interest in other countries and cultures, necessary to succeed as a student overseas and represent one’s home country in this role.
  • Significant financial need and/or from lowest income bracket in country of origin
  • Commitment to give back in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL African countries

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cab Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, cote d’ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao tome and Principe,  Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Participating Institutions
Michigan State University USA

Fields of study
All Undergraduate Bachelors and Graduate Masters Courses offered at the university

Number of awards
Not specified. However a total of 185 scholars will be supported throughout the 9-year program, including 100 undergraduates and 85 master’s degree students

Sponsorship duration: Will be for the complete period of undergraduate or masters study

Scholarship benefits: This offers FULL financial, academic, social and post-graduation support. The Scholars Program will ensure that young people are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to spur economic growth and social development in their respective countries of origin.

Method of Application: For Undergraduate Application, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University for undergraduate students is open to first-time freshman applicants who are residents or citizens of an African country. This program targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged, young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent.

To apply go to the undergraduate scholarship application forms and instructions.

For Graduate Students Application, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University for master’s students is open to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree at an African university and are residents or citizens of an African country. This program targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged, young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent.

To apply go to the graduate scholarship application forms and instructions.

DEADLINES:
The deadline date for Undergraduate Application is 4th January 2016; while for Masters Application is 1st February 2016

PLEASE NOTE:
Students do not need to receive notification of acceptance to MSU prior to submitting their scholarship application. However, students must complete an application to MSU in order to be considered for the scholarship. Students who are already enrolled at MSU are not eligible for The Scholars Program.

Application Deadline: 4 January / 1 February 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

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