The 2016 MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for sub-Saharan African Students, Canada

The 2016 MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for sub-Saharan African Students, Canada


The University of Toronto, Canada partner with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to offer Undergraduate scholarships for sub-Saharan African Students

Eligible Field of Study:

First-entry undergraduate programs in either the Faculty of Arts and Science or the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering


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About Scholarship

If you are a student from Sub-Saharan Africa who has demonstrated your academic talent, are personally committed to giving back to your country, yet face significant economic barriers, then you are invited to apply to The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

The University of Toronto and The MasterCard Foundation are pleased to offer The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Toronto to develop Africa’s next generation of leaders.

Thanks to the Foundation’s visionary support, U of T can now provide 67 African students with one of the world’s top-ranked educations—in one of the world’s most multi-cultural cities. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program opens up boundless opportunities for young Africans from economically disadvantaged communities, but with academic talent, potential to lead, and motivation to make a difference. As U of T graduates and global citizens, they will return to Africa with the tools to change lives within their communities and across borders.

Scholarship Offered Since:  2013/2014 academic year

Scholarship Type: Undergraduate Scholarships for African students

Selection Criteria and Eligibility

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is open to you if you are a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan Africa country. You must be a first-time applicant to the University of Toronto who has not yet begun university study elsewhere. If you are a transfer student, you are not eligible for the Program.

In order to be eligible, you must:

  • be a resident and a graduating high school student of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • demonstrate financial need correspondent to that of the lowest two quintiles of your country;
  • have very strong academic results within your school system;
  • have a record of leadership and extracurricular involvement;
  • maintain a strong desire to return to Africa to assist and work towards enhanced regional socioeconomic development;
  • be graduating from a recognized secondary school, or have completed the necessary academic requirements; and
  • fulfill the necessary English requirements (dependent on country);
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Please note that both academic and English requirements differ based on the country and educational system you are coming from.

Number of Scholarships: 67 scholarships will be offered throughout the life of the program

Value of Scholarship

If selected, you will receive a scholarship equivalent to the costs related to attaining a Bachelor’s degree, including travel, tuition, textbooks, housing, food, and living expenses. You will also receive financial, academic, social, and post-graduation support which will enable you to build experiences and competencies critical for academic success.

Duration of Scholarship: for a four-year undergraduate degree

Eligible Countries: Sub-Saharan Africa

To be taken at (country): University of Toronto. Canada

Application Deadline: 10 December 2015

Offered annually? Yes for the next 10 years

How to Apply

To apply for the scholarship and for admission, you must submit an online application.

A completed application includes the following components:

  • completed online application – all applicable sections must be filled out, including contact information, financial information, personal details and responses to essay questions.
  • Financial documents – upload a scanned copy of financial documentation.
  • Transcript – upload a scanned copy of your secondary school transcript and any other academic information.
  • Two references – provide the names and contact details of two individuals who will serve as your referees. We will contact your referees directly and ask them to submit their letter of reference through a secure website.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

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