Fully Funded MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for African Women at Wellesley College 2018/2019


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a $700 million global initiative to educate and develop next-generation leaders who will contribute to social and economic progress. The Program enables young people from economically disadvantaged communities to complete quality secondary and tertiary education, and make successful transitions to further education or the workforce in their home regions. Over the next 10 years, the Program will select 15,000 Scholars, primarily from Africa, who will be unified by a common philosophy of change and ethical leadership.

At Wellesley College, known worldwide for its academic excellence, we bring a special expertise to this Program: We educate women who will make a difference in the world. The Mastercard Foundation is providing funding for a total of nine Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Wellesley over the next few years.


Academically talented: They value learning, and are driven to complete their education.

Economically disadvantaged: They face significant barriers to accessing education.

Committed to giving back: They apply what they learn to improve their communities.

Future leaders: They are committed to embracing ethical leadership to improve the lives of others.






Books and supplies

Room and

Meal plan, and more.

21st-century skills: Training in skill areas relevant to employment success.

Transition assistance: Mentoring, career counseling, leadership development, and other life-skills coaching

Internships and career opportunities: Access to job opportunities across the African continent

Give-back support: Experiential learning and opportunities for volunteerism and community service