The 2016/2017 Master Card Foundation Undergraduate and Masters scholarship is now open for application. This scholarship program targets students from the Sub Saharan Africa and will provide holistic support – financial, academic, social, and career counseling to successful applicants. The MasterCard Foundation Scholarship will cover expenses such as tuition fees, living expenses, books, stipends, transportation etc.
Every year, the MasterCard foundation awards lots of scholarships to outstanding students from poor background to study at UC Berkeley. Over the next eight years, the Scholars Program will bring 113 students from Africa to UC Berkeley for undergraduate and master’s degrees.
- Applicant must be a citizen of a sub-Saharan African Country. If you have refugee status, are stateless, or have other questions regarding your citizenship, you may still be eligible. Please contact us directly to clarify. This scholarship is not intended for citizens of North African countries.
- Must have excellent grades in his/her academics. All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to UC Berkeley to be considered for the Scholarship. An important criteria for admission to the University is demonstrated academic excellence.
- Must come from an economically disadvantaged background. The MasterCard foundation scholarship is only awarded to those from the bottom two income quintiles per country. This Scholarship is designed for those extremely talented individuals who have no other means of acquiring the further education required to help realize their dreams and ambitions.
- Must demonstrate a willingness to give back to his/her community, country or continent. We are looking for well-rounded students who are engaged in activities beyond the classroom. Some may be directly related to your field of study, but this may also include other issues (social, economic, political) that you are working on and passionate about. Applicants should elaborate on their achievements both in their application to UC Berkeley, and then later on the Scholarship application.
- Must express the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies. We are looking for students who are engaged with and passionate about issues affecting their communities, and who will take advantage of their education at UC Berkeley to better equip themselves with the knowledge and training to address these issues upon return. While important work can be done from abroad, the intention of this Program is to enable Scholars to return home, after forming valuable professional connections through internship and job placements.
Fields of study
Most bachelors and masters programs offered at University of California, Berkeley.
What the scholarship covers
The MasterCard foundation scholarship will cover the following expenses;
- Comprehensive scholarships (school fees, living expenses, books, stipends, transportation).
- Mentoring and counseling including emotional and academic support.
- Service and experiential learning (volunteerism, internships, entrepreneurship, ICT).
- Transition support into higher education or the workforce in Africa.
- Alumni network of next-generation leaders committed to service.
How to apply
Students will first need to apply for admission, get admitted into an undergraduate or masters program through the regular admissions process before they will be considered for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program. Click here for more information on how to apply for an undergraduate program and here for masters program at University of California, Berkeley.
The deadlines for scholarship applications are 30th November 2015 for undergraduate programs and 1 December 2015 to 8 January 2016 for masters programs.