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USIU-Africa 2023 Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program for Undergraduate Students

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 the 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.

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About United States International UniversityAfrica (USIU-Africa)

United States International University Africa, also known as USIU Africa, is a private university in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community.The university is accredited by the Commission for Higher Education (CUE) in Kenya and by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) The university campus is located in the Roysambu neighborhood, in the Kasarani suburb of Nairobi, Kenya's capital and largest city. This location lies approximately 12 kilometres (7 mi), by road, northeast of Nairobi's central business distr... read more


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USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program


Aim and Benefits of USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars at USIU-Africa will receive holistic support which includes:

  • Tuition and functional fees.
  • Laptops, books, and other learning materials.
  • Reasonable accommodation and meals.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Stipend.
  • Transport to and from home.
  • Access to leadership training.
  • Access to entrepreneurial training.
  • Psycho-social support, career counseling, and mentorship.
  • Disability needs will be reasonably catered for.

Requirements for USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Qualification

  • Be 29 years and below at the time of application.
  • Meet the minimum university entry grade of a C+ and above or its equivalent as set by the Kenya Commission for University Education. Applicants interested in courses in the school of Pharmacy and Health sciences must have a mean grade of B- or its equivalent and at least a C+ or B- in the cluster subjects of English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. International applicants must meet the equivalent.
  • Must be interested in any of the approved 13 undergraduate degree programs for the Scholars Program
    at USIU-Africa as follows:
    • School of Science and Technology (SST) – Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology, Bachelor of Science in Software
      Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics
    • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS) – Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
    • School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts (SCCCA) –Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing;
    • Chandaria School of Business (CSB) – Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting;
    • School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) – Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology)
  • Have proven record of leadership involvement and community give back engagement.
  • Demonstrate socio-economic disadvantage.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Selection Criteria

The scholarship targets African youth who are either, Young Women, Refugees/ displaced Youth, Persons with disabilities and Young Men with the following qualities;

  • Academic talent
  • Commitment to giving back to their communities
  • Leadership potential

Application Deadline

September 16, 2022


How to Apply

  • Interested applicants can download the application form the USIU-Africa website. Application forms can also be picked from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme office at the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension, 2nd floor.
  • Before filling in the application form, read through all the instructions and required information.
  • Submit complete application together with other supporting documents required by email ensuring that the scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all the required documents are scanned in PDF format. Clearly name while sending with your name and nationality as the email subject to: [email protected] or drop your application at the Scholars Program Office, located in the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension building at USIUAfrica.

For more details,visit USIU-Africa website


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