The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Arizona State University (ASU)

Deadline: January 15, 2014

The MasterCard Foundation and the ASU Foundation for a New American University are pleased to invite applications for 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. Successful candidates 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 Value

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.

Scholarship Benefits

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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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

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