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Apply for the University of California Berkely MasterCard Foundation Scholarships.


University of California Berkely MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program aims to develop a cohort of ethical, entrepreneurial, and energetic young leaders who will drive and lead socio-economic transformation in Africa. The Mastercard Foundation's strategy, Young Africa Works, aims to enable 30 million young people, particularly young women, to secure dignified and fulfilling work. The Program provides next-generation leaders who are committed to the social and economic transformation of their continent with access to quality education by delivering comprehensive financial, social, and academic support throughout their secondary and university education and supports their transition to further study or to the workforce.


MasterCard Foundation Scholars receive a comprehensive scholarship equivalent to the costs associated with earning a Bachelors's or Masters's degree, which includes travel, tuition, Berkeley student fees, visa and SEVIS fees, housing, food, living expenses, and cohort signature programs which will focus on leadership topics.


  • 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.

  • This scholarship is not intended for citizens of North African countries.

  • All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to UC Berkeley to be considered for the Scholarship. An important criterion for admission to the University is demonstrated academic excellence.

  • Come from an economically disadvantaged background - It aims to admit those from the bottom two income per country. This Scholarship is designed for those extremely talented individuals who have no other means of acquiring further education required to help realize their dreams and ambitions.

  • Demonstrate the will to give back to your community, country, or continent – The program is 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.

  • Express the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies - It looks 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


14th January 2021

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