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Mastercard United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) Scholarship Program Fall 2023


United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars Program. This initiative will offer academically talented youth from Africa facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints an opportunity to access world-class university education.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa will provide full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate degree-seeking applicants. -By the completion of their studies, scholars will be required to lead changes in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent, having been equipped with internationally recognized and locally applicable qualifications.


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.


Only youth not exceeding 29 years old in the following categories qualify.

  1. Youths not exceeding 29 years old in the following categories qualify:

    • Young women

    • Young men

    • Refugees and displaced youth

    • Youth with disabilities

  1. Scholars must demonstrate the following qualities:

    • Academic talent: They must value learning and have a personal motivation to complete their education. Must meet the university admissions requirement as per the Kenya Commission for University Education or its equivalent.

    • Commitment to giving back: Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to improving their communities through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities.

    • Leadership potential: Scholars must commit to becoming change makers, role models, and mentors who embrace ethical leadership.


20th February 2023

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