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Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa 2020/2021 (Fully Funded)

Deadline: 7th August, 2020

United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars Program. The initiative offers academically talented youth from Africa facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints an opportunity to access world class university education.

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


1. Youth not exceeding 29 years old in the following categories qualify:

  • Young women and men. Young women are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Refugees and displaced youth;
  • Youth with disabilities.

2. Scholars must demonstrate the following qualities:

Academic talent: They must value learning and have a personal motivation to complete their education. Must meet the university admissions requirement as per the Kenya Commission for University Education or its equivalent.

Commitment to giving back: Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to improving their communities through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities.

Leadership potential: Scholars must show commitment to becoming change makers, role models and mentors who embrace ethical leadership.

3. Must be interested in, and meet USIU admissions criteria and academic qualifications to undertake, any of the approved 11 undergraduate degree program 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

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 Administration (CSOB)

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)

More information about the above highlighted degree programs can be found at the university website: undergraduate-programs/

Application process

Interested applicants can download the application forms from www.usiu.ac.ke/mcf-scholarship or pick from Main Administration Building, Admissions Office, USIU-Africa at no cost.

Submit completed application forms by email as an attachment, ensuring that the scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all required documents are clearly legible and send to: mcfsp-applications@usiu.ac.ke or drop at Main Administration Building, Admissions Office, USIU-Africa or post to: Program Director, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, USIU-Africa, P.O. Box 14634 – 00800, Nairobi

Any queries can be directed through e-mail at mcfsp@usiu.ac.ke or phone +254730 116 218 or in person

Benefits of joining the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars at USIU-Africa will receive holistic support which includes:

  • Tuition and functional fees;
  • Laptops, books and other learning materials;
  • Reasonable accommodation and meals;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Stipend;
  • Transport to and from home;
  • Access to leadership training;
  • Access to entrepreneurial training;
  • Psycho-social support, career counselling and mentorship;
  • Persons with disability will be reasonably catered for.

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