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MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Stanford University – USA

For Bachelors Degree

The MasterCard Foundation education initiative at Stanford University USA will provide comprehensive support to 20 talented but economically disadvantaged students from Africa over the next eight years. The Scholars Program will support five (5) undergraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa each year, according to Karen Cooper, director of financial aid.

The first students will enrol in 2013. They will receive comprehensive support for tuition, travel and other educational costs.

Eventually the program will fund 20 students, with the MasterCard Foundation providing $6.5 million over eight years. Additionally, the foundation will provide funding for academic and social support through a graduate assistant position at the Bechtel International Center.

How to ApplyStanford University USA

The application process is the same for all applicants regardless of citizenship or country of residence.

Download the Freshman application Instruction

All applicants must submit the Common Application and the Stanford Supplement online through the The Common Application. Unless they are approved in advance by the Director of Admission, paper applications will not be accepted or reviewed.

Testing for International Students

The SAT or the ACT Plus Writing is required for all undergraduate applicants. Applications without SAT or ACT Plus Writing scores will not be considered for admission.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), although not required, is strongly recommended for non-native speakers of English.

You may submit your IELTS scores but note that Stanford does not recognize the IELTS as a measure of English proficiency.

Standard Application Deadline is 1 January (2013)

Application Deadline, Notification and Reply Dates


Restrictive Early Action

Regular Decision

Application with Arts Supplement DeadlineOctober 15December 1
Standard Application DeadlineNovember 1January 1
Last Acceptable SAT Test Date OctoberDecember
Last Acceptable ACT Test Date September*December
Notification of Missing Documents Mid-NovemberMid-February
Notification DateDecember 15April 1
Student Reply DateMay 1May 1

Submit the $90 non-refundable application fee with your First-Year or Transfer Common Application and Stanford Supplement. Be sure to submit both forms successfully because Stanford will not refund the application fee under any circumstances.


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