Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

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Why are talented learners around the world limited by circumstances beyond their control?
What if scholarships to leading universities were based on academic excellence and civic leadership?

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a $500 million, 10-year initiative to educate and prepare young people (primarily from sub Saharan Africa) to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities. The Program will serve an estimated 15,000 young people at the secondary and university levels by 2023.

In 2012, ASU was selected as a higher education partner of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program due to our strong commitment to global engagement, social embeddedness, sustainability and entrepreneurship. Funded by a $27.5 million grant, ASU will ultimately support 120 Scholars from 20 countries, collectively pursuing 70 majors. Scholars at ASU will build experiences, values and competencies that are critical to success in the global economy. The final cohort of ASU’s undergraduate Mastercard Foundation Scholars was admitted in Fall 2015 and will graduate in May 2019.

Now housed in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, UI initially designed the program staffing, signature programming and budget for ASU’s Scholars Program in collaboration with the ASU Foundation and Center for Global Education Services. UI continues to support the program by providing programmatic guidance and actively participating in The Mastercard Foundation’s network of universities committed to social transformation in Africa, as well as leading the Baobab Scholars Community Platform.


For more information, visit the official ASU Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program website


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