The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to oversee the implementation of financial, academic, social and post-graduation support to awarded candidates under the scholarship titled The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town. The vision of the Program is to transition promising young people from beneficiaries to benefactors, preparing them with the necessary values, knowledge, skills, and leadership to fuel economic and social progress across Africa. The Program targets academically qualified undergraduate and postgraduate candidates who are economically disadvantaged young people with leadership potential from Sub-Saharan Africa.
The scholarships will cover for the following:
Reimbursement of costs incurred for visa application processing
An economy class air ticket to Cape Town South Africa for awardees who are i) citizens and/or residents of a Sub-Saharan country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town
Full tuition fees and international student fees
Accommodation in the student housing system at the University of Cape Town
Meals through the student housing system at the University of Cape Town
Medical cover with a recommended medical aid service provider
A living stipend; to be used to cover ad hoc expenses pertaining to your studies
A book allowance to purchase the prescribed textbooks required for your degree programme
Costs related to community activities as prescribed by the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town
Access to an internship opportunity
An economy class air ticket home upon completion of studies, for awardees who are i) citizens of and/or residents of a Sub-Saharan country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town
To be eligible to apply for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town, candidates must meet the stated criteria:
Academically talented, must value learning and be driven to complete their education.
Economically disadvantaged and facing significant financial barriers to accessing education.
Committed to giving back to their own communities once studies are completed, to return to their home countries and take a leadership role in promoting social and economic improvement.
Future leaders committed to embracing ethical leadership to improve the lives of others.
Commitment to community service through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities
Citizens and residents of a Sub-Saharan African country.
Wanting to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level (Masters by research and coursework or research Masters, only). Honours applicants will be considered from 2016.
Applying to study in the fields of Commerce, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law or Sciences at the University of Cape Town.
All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to the University of Cape Town to be considered for the Scholarship. Although each academic department has its own criteria, a minimum of 60% for the Honours, or equivalent degree is the overall academic criterion required for entry into the Masters’ degree.
Preference will be given to ‘first-generation’ students, i.e. those who are the first ones in their families to go to university.
31st July 2023
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