Fully funded Michigan State University Scholarships for Sub-Saharan African Students in USA, 2018


Scholarship recipients are chosen from a pool of students who have demonstrated academic talent, are economically disadvantaged, and have a personal commitment to serve their countries or regions of origin. Through leadership and career training, financial, academic, social, and post-graduation support, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at MSU ensures that Scholars are equipped with the academic and professional skills and competencies needed to make significant contributions to economic growth and social development in their respective countries of origin.

The mission of The MasterCard Foundation is to advance education and financial inclusion to catalyze prosperity in developing countries. The Scholars Program is a 10-year, US $500 million initiative that will enable 15,000 academically talented students from economically disadvantaged communities (mostly in sub-Saharan Africa) to attend secondary school and/or university.


The program is open to residents and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries. Students who are already enrolled in degree programs in Africa or elsewhere are not eligible for the program. Students who are accepted to the program demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Prior completion of a bachelor's degree from an African University with academic achievements suggesting continued academic success as a graduate student.

  • Strong commitment to a professional path in line with an area of study that can positively impact Africa.

  • Demonstrated interest and capacity for serving others through engagement in volunteer activities in school, college, or community.

  • Leadership potential.

  • Ability to cope with change, and interest in other countries and cultures.

  • Significant financial need and/or from lowest income bracket in country of origin.


The MasterCard Foundation Scholarship provides comprehensive support for the completion of a bachelor's or master's degree. We cover:

  • Travel costs

  • Visa and SEVIS fees

  • Tuition and other MSU fees

  • Housing, food, and living expenses

  • Health insurance

Program Scholars are also provided with a laptop and backpack.