The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one of the largest private foundations, its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world guides its work. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by Mastercard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information and to sign up for the Foundation’s newsletter, please visit Follow the Foundation at @MastercardFdn on Twitter.

About Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The Scholars Program provides academically talented yet financially disadvantaged young people, particularly from Africa, with access to quality and relevant secondary and university education. The goal of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is to create a cohort of next- generation leaders who are committed to creating positive social and economic growth in their countries. The program is designed to foster transformative leadership by equipping scholars with the knowledge, tools, capacity and motivation to make a difference. Students selected for the Program receive a holistic set of financial, social and academic supports throughout their education and during their post-graduate transitions. The Program consists of a global network of education institutions and non-profit organizations, who together believe that education is a catalyst for social and economic betterment. The Program aims to educate 35,000 young people, and enable them to contribute to the economic growth and social development in their countries of origin. For more details, please visit

About Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University

Makerere University is in a partnership with Mastercard Foundation to offer scholarships to 1,000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from Africa to study at Makerere University. The project worth US $ 21million is in its fourth year of implementation at Makerere University, under Planning and Development Department, with the goal of educating and empowering the next generation of leaders at Makerere University. For more details, please visit The Scholars community is disciplined and a place where individuals accept their obligations to others and where well-defined governance procedures guide behavior for the common good. At Mastercard Foundation Scholars community at Makerere University, we expect; Freedom balanced with duty, Integrity and honest, as well as consideration for the needs and rights of others.

The Goal

To educate and empower the next generation of African leaders at Makerere University.

The Mission

To enable academically talented but economically disadvantaged youth in Africa access university education and transform into enterprising leaders meaningfully contributing to development.

Objectives of the Scholars Program

• To enable qualified yet economically disadvantaged students from Africa to complete their undergraduate education.
• To provide mentoring, career counselling and internships to Scholars
• To support transitions to higher education or employment
• Create a network of next-generation achievers and leaders committed to service and giving back
• Integrate a give back component in the program to transition Scholars from beneficiaries to benefactors.
• Expand a network of renowned partner organizations committed to working together to achieve
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program vision of education as a catalyst for social transformation
• Ensure efficient and effective operational and strategic management of the project.