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Fully-funded Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the United States International University-Africa

Fully-funded mastercard foundation scholars program at United States International University-Africa 2023/2024

The United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has joined forces with the Mastercard Foundation to provide academically talented youth from Africa, who may be facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints, with an opportunity to access world-class university education.

The program is not only focused on providing financial aid to the scholars but also equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead change in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent. By providing internationally recognized and locally applicable qualifications, the scholars will be able to make a positive impact in their communities and contribute to the development of Africa.

Furthermore, the program will also provide scholars with mentorship and leadership development opportunities, as well as internships and networking opportunities with leading organizations in Africa and around the world. The program is also expected to include a strong focus on service-learning, which will enable scholars to apply their knowledge and skills to address real-world challenges in their communities.


The scholarship is open to young individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • ‌Must be 29 years old or younger
  • ‌Must fall into one of the following categories: young women and men, refugees and displaced youth, or youth with disabilities.

In addition to meeting the age requirements, applicants must also demonstrate the following qualities:

  • ‌Academic talent: 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: Must have previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities.
  • ‌Leadership potential: Must show commitment to becoming change makers, role models and mentors who embrace ethical leadership.

Must be interested in and meet the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) admissions criteria and academic qualifications for one of the following 13 undergraduate degree programs offered at:

USIU-Africool of Science and Technology (SST)

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology
  • ‌Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology
  • ‌Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics
  • ‌Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS)

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • ‌Bachelor of Science in 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 Administration (CSOB)

  • Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • ‌Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration
  • ‌Bachelor of Science in Accounting

School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)

  • ‌Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
  • ‌Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The MasterCard Foundation scholars program at the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) scholarship provides:

  • ‌Full coverage of tuition and functional fees Laptops, books and other learning materials Accommodation and meals
  • ‌Medical insurance
  • ‌Stipend
  • ‌Transportation fare to and from home
  • ‌Access to leadership and entrepreneurial training
  • ‌Psycho-social support
  • ‌Career counseling and mentorship
  • ‌Disability needs will be reasonably catered for.

Application Process
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa has a bi-annual intake (May and September). The application process begins with an advertisement, which is released five months prior to the intake.

  • The process involves six stages:
  • Application
  • Review of applications
  • Shortlisting
  • Interviews
  • Selection
  • University admissions.

Application Deadline – Monday, February 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (East Africa Time)


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