Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa) and the esteemed Mastercard Foundation have joined hands once more for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2023/2024. For those unfamiliar, this prestigious scholarship was first initiated at CMU-Africa back in 2016. Designed specifically for talented students, it ensures that promise and potential are never overshadowed by financial constraints.
A Vision Rooted in Change
Driven by the profound belief that education acts as a catalyst for social and economic transformation, the program’s core mission revolves around molding leaders who are not only transformative but also engaged contributors to their societies. Furthermore, CMU-Africa isn’t alone in this noble endeavor. It stands strong within a global alliance of 33 institutions, all committed to the shared goal of nurturing the next generation of African leaders.
The Scholarship: More Than Just Financial Aid
The Scholars Program offers a 360-degree support mechanism. From aiding with application preparations and orientations to covering tuition, fees, health insurance, travel, and basic living costs, the scholarship leaves no stone unturned. Furthermore, scholars gain access to an abundance of resources geared towards their well-being and academic achievement.
But it’s not just about academics. Scholars undergo a curated selection of activities designed to prepare them for the challenges of the professional world. With events ranging from internship and career fairs to one-on-one career coaching and interactions with industry leaders, they are empowered to chase their dreams post-graduation.
At the heart of the program is the emphasis on producing leaders – those who inspire and instigate change. Through participation in community services, student clubs, and other leadership initiatives, scholars are imbued with state-of-the-art leadership skills, ensuring they shine in their respective domains.
The Essence of Giving Back
Embodying the ‘give-back’ spirit central to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, scholars immerse themselves in community services, implementing projects that bring tangible change to people’s lives. Their collaborative efforts, alongside the CMU-Africa community, amplify their impact.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
- Open to all African students.
- A keen interest in pursuing Master of Science degrees in Information Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Engineering Artificial Intelligence is a must.
The chosen scholars are those who, despite facing socio-economic challenges, exhibit:
- Academic talent: A genuine passion for learning.
- Commitment to community betterment: Proven efforts towards uplifting their communities.
- Leadership potential: The capability to emerge as mentors, role models, and pioneers of change.
How to Apply
Embarking on this transformative journey involves two pivotal steps:
- Initiate with an online application here.
- Proceed with the competency tests available here.
For a more detailed insight into the program, feel free to explore the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.
Deadline: January 15, 2024.
Seize this unparalleled chance to shape your future, all while contributing to a brighter tomorrow for Africa.
All the best in your pursuit!