Earth University MasterCard Foundation Scholarship For African Students

Earth University MasterCard Foundation Scholarship For African Students

Earth University MasterCard Foundation Scholarship For African Students

Scholarship Name: MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Brief description: Earth University Costa Rica offers the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship program for Students from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to study for undergraduate degrees in Agricultural sciences and Natural resources management 2015/2016

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About Earth University

Since 1990, EARTH University’s innovative educational approach has been preparing young people from Latin America, the Caribbean and other regions, including Africa and Asia, to contribute to the sustainable development of their countries and construct a prosperous and just society. EARTH offers a rigorous four-year undergraduate program in agricultural sciences and natural resources management and a prestigious, international faculty, providing a world-class scientific and technological education that emphasizes values, ethical entrepreneurship and environmental and social commitment.

About the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

The vision of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program is to educate and develop bright yet economically marginalized young people in Africa who have a demonstrated “give-back” ethos and who will contribute to the transformation of the continent. This $500 million US-Dollar program covers secondary and higher education for young men and women. It will transition promising young people from beneficiaries to benefactors, preparing them with the values, knowledge, skills, and leadership to fuel economic and social progress across Africa.

Accepted Subject Areas: Courses offered at the university which are mainly in Agricultural sciences and Natural resources management

About Scholarship

EARTH University, Costa Rica has a seven-year partner with the MasterCard Foundation to provide scholarships to young leaders from disadvantaged communities in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Through the partnership, the Foundation will provide 120 undergraduate scholarships amounting to $19.5 million to EARTH students for 7 years. Approximately one-third of the scholars will come from Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Scholarship Offered Since: 2012

Scholarship Type: undergraduate scholarships for African, Latin America and the Caribbean

Selection Criteria

Recipients of The MasterCard Foundation scholarships meet all of EARTH’s selection criteria. As part of the partnership agreement, the university seek to award these scholarships to qualified candidates whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from attending university.


The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program targets talented but financially disadvantaged secondary and prospective undergraduate students from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean who are committed to giving back to their community in Africa.

Number of Scholarships: A total of 120 scholarships will be awarded within 7 years

Value of Scholarship

Recipients will receive their full education at no cost; Full tuition and other expenses. Other benefits will include:

  • Leadership development
  • Comprehensive scholarships
  • Support for transition to secondary school, University or the workforce
  • Life skills
  • Mentoring and counselling

Duration: Scholarship is for the full four duration of undergraduate study.

Eligible Countries: Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

To be taken at (country): Earth University, Costa Rica

Application Deadline: 15 May 2015

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

The first step to receiving a scholarship from this program is to apply to EARTH latest May 15. EARTH does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnic origin, religion, gender or nationality in its education and admissions policy.

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Important Notes: thanks to the support of many foundations, governments, private companies, and individuals around the globe, EARTH is able to provide financial aid to all of its students, with approximately 60 percent of students receiving full scholarships.


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