USIU-Africa formally commissions second cohort of Scholars under the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
By Ednah Kiarie
USIU-Africa and the Mastercard Foundation formally commissioned
the second cohort of 48 Scholars under the Mastercard Foundation
Scholars Program, bringing the total number of Scholars recruited
under the program to 70.
The Scholars are drawn from a pool of 3,500 applicants drawn from
various parts of the country, as well as from the African continent.
So far, the program has recruited 68 percent women and 33 percent
male into the program with 48 percent of the Scholars are enrolled
in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
and 42 percent are enrolled in the Humanities program respectively.
Last year, the Mastercard Foundation partnered with USIU-Africa to
launch the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa,
which will see 1,000 students from across the continent educated
over 10 years at a cost of $63.2 million (Kshs. 6.8 billion).
The Program will recruit a diverse student body, which will include
700 women, 250 refugees, displaced youth and 70 persons with
disability who will be will be placed in 11 programs which will
provide skills training, leadership development, counselling,
mentoring, internships and career services. The program will also
educate, prepare and transition young people from disadvantaged
backgrounds into the labour market as leaders who can inspire
In his remarks, USIU-Africa’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Zeleza
noted that the Scholars Program was aligned with the University’s
mission of promoting discovery and application of knowledge and
transitioning young people into gainful employment.
“We are glad to be part of Mastercard Foundation’s expanding
global network of partners committed to developing a generation of
African leaders who will use their knowledge and skills to lead
change in their communities, and contribute to meaningful
transformation across the continent,” he said.
“As an institution, we are honoured to be part of the Scholars
Program, and it is indeed gratifying to see that we have managed to
recruit our second cohort of students, who will have the chance to
experience a truly global education here at USIU-Africa,” he added.
Mastercard Foundation’s Head of Scholars Program, Prof. Phil
Cotton congratulated the Scholars on their achievement, noting that
they were now on their way to becoming catalysts for change who
would now be responsible for uplifting their communities.
“As recipients of the Mastercard Foundation Program Scholarships,
you are now in a position that allows you to give back to your
communities, and serve as actors of change. You are our
ambassadors and role models for young people across the country
and across the continent,” he said.
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.