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Welcome to Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.


About Us

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a 10-year global initiative to educate and develop the next generation leaders, who will contribute to social and economic progress, particularly in Africa. The Scholars Program enables young people from economically disadvantaged communities to complete quality secondary and tertiary education, and make successful transitions to further education or to the workforce in their home countries.

Apply to join Makerere University

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University annually issues invitations for applications for the undergraduate programmes from Ugandan, East African, and international applicants.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University regularly publishes calls for applications scholarships from eligible candidates 

About the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program


The Program

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program envisions a transformative network of young people and institutions driving inclusive and equitable socio-economic change in Africa. Since launching in 2012, the Program has supported nearly 45,000 young people in Africa to pursue secondary or tertiary education.   

To enable Scholars and young people across Africa to succeed, we know there is a need to address systemic barriers in higher education, strengthen capacity, support innovative solutions across critical sectors, and connect ecosystem actors together to amplify our impact across the continent. Working together alongside young people, universities, NGOs, and other higher education stakeholders, the Program strives to create the conditions that will enable young people to attain inclusive and relevant education, transition smoothly into dignified and fulfilling work, and lead transformative lives.

Our Virtues


A community where everyone is empowered to actualize their potential.


To be a bedrock of sustainable social-economic transformation through giving back and harnessing opportunities that support communities to actualize their full potential.

Our Values

Integrity, Creativity and Innovation, Giveback, Teamwork, Inclusion and Participation, Humility and Respect.

Mastercard Foundation Scholar's Program Give Back, Networking and Capacity Development


Beyond the classroom

Beyond the classroom, and beyond pyschosocial support, welfare, academic support, Mastercard Foundation Scholars engage in a number of activities that enhance their overall development. These include:

Go Back, Give Back activities through which contribute to better communities through giving of their resources and time.

Networking and Capacity Development Trainings where the scholars are encouraged to tap into and enhance their inherent leadership, business and innovative abilities.

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