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Undergraduate MasterCard Foundation Scholarship for African Students at Arizona State University 2015/2016 – USA

Scholarship Name: The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU For Bachelors Degree

Brief description

Arizona State University USA is partnering with the MasterCard foundation scholars program to offer scholarships to students from sub-Saharan Africa to study for full bachelors degree 2015/2016

Eligible Field of Study: Courses offered at the university

About Scholarship

The ASU Foundation for a New American University and The MasterCard Foundation are pleased to announce the availability of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU. This prestigious scholarship recognizes international students from Sub-Saharan Africa who come from the lowest socioeconomic quintiles and show outstanding academic and leadership abilities.

Those considered for this program demonstrate high academic achievement, exceptional records of service and activity in their schools and communities, and a commitment to return to Africa after their studies to make an impact on social and economic change in their home countries.

Scholarship Offered Since: 2012

Scholarship Type: Undergraduate Scholarship

Selection Criteria and Eligibility

  • first-time freshman seeking a bachelor’s degree
  • citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • currently living in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • academic achievement and potential
  • demonstration of service and leadership in school or community and motivation to give back
  • motivation and commitment to return to Sub-Saharan Africa after graduation
  • verification of disadvantaged socio-economic status

Number of Scholarships: Several

Value of Scholarship: The Scholars program provides financial assistance equivalent to the costs related to the attainment of a bachelor’s degree, which must be obtained within eight semesters, or four academic years. The scholarship includes travel, tuition, housing, food, living expenses, internship experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, and cohort signature programs, such as a freshman retreat in northern Arizona, a Broadway show at Gammage Auditorium and a senior retreat. Students also are eligible to take up to nine credit hours of summer school courses.

In addition to financial support, students are provided with a comprehensive support network that includes an array of mentoring and cultural transition services to ensure each student’s academic success, community engagement, and transition to employment opportunities that will further social and economic change in Africa.

Duration of Scholarship: Full duration of study

Eligible Countries: Sub-Saharan Africa

To be taken at (country): Arizona State University

Application Deadline: 

December 1st, 2014 is the deadline for submitting applications for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU for the 2015 – 2016 academic year.

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

The application for the 2015-16 academic year will open on August 1st, 2014. Please check back at that time for details on the application process.

Selection timeline for 2015:

Online scholarship application must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

Scans of certified copies of transcripts and national exam results for last three years of secondary school must be emailed by December 1, 2014.

Recommendation forms must be submitted by December 15th, 2014.

Semi-finalists will be notified on February 13th, 2015.

Finalists will be determined by March 27, 2015.

All other candidates will be notified by April 6, 2015

Visit scholarship webpage for details

Sponsors: MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme

Important Notes: As part of this program, ASU will receive $27.5 million over the next seven years to provide academically talented, yet financially disadvantaged students from Africa, who are committed to giving back to their communities and countries, with access to high-quality education. The program will ultimately support 120 scholars at ASU.

Please contact the program at [email protected] if you have further questions.

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