USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholarships 2024

USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholarships 2024

USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholarships 2024

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) is now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 intake. The program is intended for Africans who are qualified to enroll in undergraduate programs at USIU-Africa.

This Fully-funded scholarship is an opportunity awarded to qualified African undergraduates candidates. This program is sponsored by Mastercard Foundation and hosted by USIU-Africa. United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars Program. This initiative will offer academically talented youth from Africa facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints an opportunity to access world class university education.

United States International University Africa, also known as USIU Africa, is a private university in Kenya. The university is accredited by the Commission for Higher Education (CUE) in Kenya and by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the United States. The university campus is located in the Roysambu neighborhood, in the Kasarani suburb of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and largest city. The university was established in 1969 as the Nairobi Campus of United States International University (USIU), a San Diego -based institution. In 1999, the United States International University, Nairobi Campus, established itself as a separate university under its new name: USIU Africa. In 2001, USIU merged with the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) to form Alliant International University. Over 130 nationalities are represented among the student population undertaking 24 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs at USIU Africa. The university has an alumni population in excess of 140,000.

The Mastercard Foundation is an international non-governmental organization established by Mastercard in 2006. The organization, which is based in Toronto, Ontario, has supported work in 49 countries. In 2018, Mastercard Foundation shifted to a specific focus on Africa, through its Young Africa Works strategy. The foundation develops programs primarily focused on reducing gender and economic inequality, expanding access to quality education, increasing the opportunities for decent work, and supporting overall economic growth. Funding is primarily managed with bilateral allocations through post-secondary institutions, research institutes, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, plus multilateral allocations through organizations like the numerous United Nations entities under the United Nations Sustainable Development Group.

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The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa will provide full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate degree-seeking applicants. By completion of their studies, scholars will be required to lead changes in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent, having been equipped with internationally recognized and locally applicable qualifications.

The scholarship targets African youth who are either, Young Women, Refugees/displaced Youth, Persons with Disability and Young Men with the following qualities;

  • Academic talent
  • Commitment to giving back to their communities
  • Leadership potential

Priority shall be given to registered Refugees/Displaced youth and Persons with Disability.

Scholarship Summary:

Scholarship Sponsor(s): Mastercard Foundation

Host Institution(s): USIU-Africa

Scholarship Worth: Fully-funded

Number of Awards: Several

Study Level: Undergraduate

Nationality: African Students

Requirement and Eligibility Criteria for USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholarships 2024:

  • Applicants must be 29 years and below at the time of application.
  • Meet the minimum university entry grade of a C+ and above or its equivalent as set by the Kenya Commission for University Education. Applicants interested in courses in the school of Pharmacy and Health Sciences must have a mean grade of B- or its equivalent and at least a C+ or B- in the cluster subjects of English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. International applicants must meet the equivalent.
  • Must be interested in any of the approved 13 undergraduate degree programs for the Scholars Program at USIU-Africa as follows:
  • School of Science and Technology (SST) – Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology, Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics
  • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS) – Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
  • School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts (SCCCA) – Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing;
  • Chandaria School of Business (CSB) – Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting;
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) – Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Have proven record of leadership involvement and community give back engagement.
  • Demonstrate socioeconomic disadvantage.

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Application Procedures for the 2024/2025 USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholarships (how to apply):

Interested applicants can download the application form from the USIU-Africa website or pick the forms at no cost, from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Office at the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension, 2nd floor Before filling in the application form, please read through all the instructions and required information.

  • Submit complete application together with other supporting documents required by email ensuring that the scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all the required documents are scanned in PDF format.
  • Clearly name while sending with your name and nationality as the email subject to: or drop your application at the Scholars Program Office, located in the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension building at USIU-Africa, or post your application to:

Program Director,
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program,
United States International University – Africa,
P. O. Box 14634 – 00800, Nairobi – Kenya

Applicants are advised to send only one complete application. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be rejected. Please note that canvasing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Application Deadline: November 24, 2023

For more information about this opportunity, Visit the Official Website.

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