MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

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UC Berkeley's MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program website


In 2012, the University of California, Berkeley became a partner in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, a $500 million education initiative that will provide 15,000 talented, yet economically disadvantaged students from developing countries – particularly in Africa – with comprehensive support for secondary and university education. At UC Berkeley, this program will provide holistic support – financial, academic, social, and career counseling – to 113 students from Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2020. The scholars will pursue both undergraduate and professional master's degrees.

Other partners in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program include include the African Leadership AcademyAmerican University of Beirut – Faculty of Health Sciences, Arizona State UniversityAshesi UniversityDuke UniversityEARTH UniversityMichigan State UniversityStanford University, and Wellesley College.

Campus Team

Administered out of the Center for African Studies, the program at the University of California, Berkeley is supported by a broad cross-section of functional and disciplinary units on campus including the Division of Student Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions, the Graduate Division, the Berkeley International Office, and the International House.

Harry Le Grande, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs is primary investigator. Martha Saavedra from the Center for African Studies is the program lead and Jessica Clarksonfrom the Center is the Program and Student Services Advisor. Also on the core team are Lin Larson, International Admission Specialist in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and Ivor Emmanuel, Director of the Berkeley International Office.

How to apply

For more information about the program at UC Berkeley, please visit the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program website or contact us at

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The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation advances microfinance and youth learning to promote financial inclusion and prosperity. Through collaboration with committed partners in 49 countries, the Foundation is helping people living in poverty to access opportunities to learn and prosper. An independent, private foundation based in Toronto, Canada, it was established through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide at the time of the company’s initial public offering in 2006. For more information, visit