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Apply Now: Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program at Makerere University 2024

Apply Now: Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program at Makerere University 2024

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a 10-year global initiative to educate and develop the next generation leaders, who will contribute to social and economic progress, particularly in Africa. The Scholars Program enables young people from economically disadvantaged communities to complete quality secondary and tertiary education, and make successful transitions to further education or to the workforce in their home countries.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program envisions a transformative network of young people and institutions driving inclusive and equitable socio-economic change in Africa. Since launching in 2012, the Program has supported nearly 45,000 young people in Africa to pursue secondary or tertiary education.  

To enable Scholars and young people across Africa to succeed, we know there is a need to address systemic barriers in higher education, strengthen capacity, support innovative solutions across critical sectors, and connect ecosystem actors together to amplify our impact across the continent. Working together alongside young people, universities, NGOs, and other higher education stakeholders, the Program strives to create the conditions that will enable young people to attain inclusive and relevant education,transition smoothly into dignified and fulfilling work, and lead transformative lives.

About MasterCard Foundation

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 primaril... continue reading

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Mastercard Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Application Deadline14 Jun 2024
Country to studySouth Africa
School to studyMakerere University
TypeUndergraduate
SponsorMasterCard Foundation
GenderMen and Women

Aim and Benefits of Mastercard Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

The Program aims to deepen inclusive University education and empower the youth to transform into leaders who will make meaningful contributions to national and regional development.


Requirements for Mastercard Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Qualification

To be eligible to apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, the following conditions must be met:

  • The applicant must be qualifying for admission at Makerere University’s main campus, for the Undergraduate Degree Programmes under the Private Sponsorship Scheme. Therefore, all applicants should apply for admission at Makerere University’s main campus under the Private Sponsorship Scheme (when advertised). Once admitted to Makerere University’s main campus, then your application for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship at Makerere University shall be considered for the due selection processes. 
  • The Applicant must have completed the Advanced level education (or its equivalent) in an African Country
  • The Mastercard Foundation Scholars are restricted to individuals facing significant financial hardship.
  • Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential and a record of community service
  • Applicants should not be holders of any other Scholarship.
  • Applicants should not have registered for or completed any other undergraduate degree programme.
  • The Applicant should not exceed 28 years of age at the time of applying for the Scholarship. 
  • Applicants under the categories of refugees and students with disabilities should not exceed 32 years of age at the time of applying for the Scholarship.
  • A refugee applicant must be a recognized and registered refugee with proof (refugee attestation) attached to the application form.


Interview date, Process and Venue for Mastercard Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

This information must be as detailed as possible. Scanty information will be a disadvantage to your candidature. The following categories are given as a guide but are not exhaustive.

  • If your father/mother/guardian is or was a businessperson, describe the business e.g. if he/she owns a motor garage, a retail trader, wholesaler or manufacturer, describe the categories of the goods he/she trades in. In addition, give the physical address of the business.
  • If your father /mother/guardian is employed, state the position held and the organization/Ministry / Company / Agency and the corresponding salary. 
  • If your father/mother/guardian is in any other economic activity, please specify

Important to note

  • At most 70% of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars will be awarded to female applicants while 30% will go to Male applicants with further categorization. Females are therefore encouraged to apply
  • At most 25% of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars shall be awarded to Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Young people in this Category are therefore encouraged to apply
  • At most 10% of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars shall be awarded to Youth with Disabilities. Young people in this category are therefore encouraged to apply
  • Incomplete application forms will be automatically disqualified.
  • This program exercises merit principles and zero tolerance for dishonesty. Any form of influence peddling by anybody will lead to the automatic disqualification of the applicant. 
  • Cases of impersonation, falsification of documents, or giving false/incomplete information, whenever discovered either at the time of receiving the award or afterwards will lead to automatic cancellation of the award, refund of the money already spent on a Mastercard Foundation Scholar, and prosecution in the courts of law of Uganda.
  • Makerere University appeals to the public to be aware of fraudsters within or outside of the University, who might want to take advantage of the scholarship application process by way of selling scholarship forms or soliciting for money in the hope of securing an applicant a scholarship. THE APPLICATION FORM OF THE MASTERCARD FOUNDATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY IS FREE OF CHARGE; individuals caught in the act of conning the public will be prosecuted in courts of law.
  • The Department of Academic Registrar is responsible for all University admissions. All potential Scholarship applicants should meet the requirements to be admitted into the University on the private sponsorship scheme. 
  • Only successful applicants will be notified at every stage of the scholarship application process, and the decision of the Program Steering Committee will be final in the awarding of the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship.
  • Those applicants who will not have heard from us by the end of August 2024 should consider their application unsuccessful.
  • Filling and submitting an application form does not guarantee a Mastercard Foundation Scholarship at Makerere University.

Application Deadline

June 14, 2024


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to MasterCard Foundation on apply.mcfsp.mak.ac.ug to apply

For more details, visit Mastercard Foundation website

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