The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Duke University represent the intellect and energy of the youth of Sub-Saharan Africa. With a financial commitment of $13.5 million from The MasterCard Foundation, Duke will educate seven classes of five students — a total of 35 students — over the next 10 years.The Duke University classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018 include 15 of these outstanding scholars selected not only for their academic capabilities, but also for their desire to become change agents in Africa. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars studying at Duke University are from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mauritius, and Zimbabwe. Find out more about the scholars.
About the Program
A world-class education at Duke University, supported by $13.5 million in funding from The MasterCard Foundation, fosters growth and development in a select group of students from Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing areas.
At Duke, scholars work with professors who have decades of experience leading projects in Africa. Through challenging classes, research opportunities, and programs designed especially for these students, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Duke are provided the educational tools needed to become leaders. Duke recognizes education is a catalyst for social and economic betterment. This visionary program creates a pipeline of leaders for a global society. Duke is proud to be among a select group of institutions participating in the program’s inaugural year.
Duke University and The MasterCard Foundation share a common history of forming and utilizing partnerships to maximize opportunities for education.
Like The MasterCard Foundation, Duke thinks and acts globally. Duke leaders believe education is the key to improving the lives of people on all continents. Duke and the MasterCard Foundation share a common strategy of creating change agents. We show our students how to apply knowledge to real world issues.
For Duke, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is not only a natural fit, but also the type of collaboration the university actively seek as a progressive institution, providing liberal education in the context of a world-class research university. Duke will provide interdisciplinary ways of thinking, encouraging young people from Africa to discover creative and collaborative ways to address education, health, employment, and economic issues.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke is open to students from sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate financial need, academic ability and merit, and demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of others in their communities. Students apply to Duke first, and are then considered for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The following links may be of assistance.
In addition to merit, a few of our scholarships also require demonstration of financial need. Please provide the Financial Aid office with all necessary documentation, no later than the first week in March, to optimize consideration for scholarship awards.