MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at United States International University – Africa is calling for applications from academically talented youth from Africa. The last day for the proposal of applications is September 16, 2022.

The United States International University in Africa (USIU-Africa) has formed a coalition with the global Scholars Program that is offered by the Mastercard Foundation. With the help of this goal, academically talented African youth who are unable to attend world-class universities due to issues such as poverty, gender discrimination, displacement, or disabilities will have the opportunity to do so.

Young Africans who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree will be eligible to receive tuition-free scholarships thanks to a partnership between USIU-Africa and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

After completion of their studies, scholars will be expected to lead changes in their communities and contribute to significant transformation throughout the continent. This will be the case despite the fact that scholars will have been equipped with qualifications that are both internationally recognized and locally applicable.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa Eligibility

  • Be 29 years and below at the time of application.
  • Meet the minimum university entry grade of a C+ and above or its equivalent as set by the Kenya Commission for University Education. Applicants interested in courses in the school of Pharmacy and Health sciences must have a mean grade of B- or its equivalent and at least a C+ or B- in the cluster subjects of English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. International applicants must meet the equivalent.
  • Must be interested in any of the approved 13 undergraduate degree programs for the Scholars Program
    at USIU-Africa as follows:

    • School of Science and Technology (SST) – Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology, Bachelor of Science in Software
      Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics
    • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS) – Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
    • School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts (SCCCA) –Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing;
    • Chandaria School of Business (CSB) – Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting;
    • School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) – Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology)
  • Have proven record of leadership involvement and community give back engagement.
  • Demonstrate socio-economic disadvantage.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa Benefits

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars at USIU-Africa will receive holistic support, which includes:

  • Tuition and functional fees;
  • Laptops, books and other learning materials;
  • Reasonable accommodation and meals;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Stipend;
  • Transport to and from home;
  • Access to leadership training;
  • Access to entrepreneurial training;
  • Psycho-social support, career counselling and mentorship;
  • Disability needs will be reasonably catered for.

How to Apply for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa

  • Interested applicants can download the application form the USIU-Africa website. Application forms can also be picked from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme office at the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension, 2nd floor.
  • Before filling in the application form, read through all the instructions and required information.
  • Submit complete application together with other supporting documents required by email ensuring that the scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all the required documents are scanned in PDF format. Clearly name while sending with your name and nationality as the email subject to: or drop your application at the Scholars Program Office, located in the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension building at USIUAfrica.


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