The Mastercard Foundation Scholarship UBC, Canada

Scawab Opportunities Network is located in Vancouver, Canada and gets to visit the University of British Columbia quite regularly for admission, scholarship information, and of-course, program evaluations. The partnership between the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada and The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme has yielded a Scholars Programme

163 academically sound, yet economically disadvantaged young students from sub-Sahara Africa will be given academic support at UBC. Upon graduation, it is expected that they contribute to the growth and development of communities in their respective countries.

Value of Award

  • The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme for Africans at UBC will take care of all expenses associated with UBC tuition, housing, and food.
  • Scholars also receive a stipend each month to support their lives in Vancouver.

Basic Requirements

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme for Africans at UBC in Canada requires applicants to meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Must not already have a graduate or PhD degree;
  • Be a citizen or a refugee of a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • Have lived a significant part of their life in a Sub-Saharan African country Present economically disadvantaged financial circumstances, and be able to show a lack of financial means from family or other sources to pursue graduate education in their home country or elsewhere;
  • Have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances and show leadership qualities or potential;
  • Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to giving back to his/her home community in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa, through engagement in activities in their current profession, university or community;


Application for the Masters Foundation Scholarship programme closes December 13, 2019

How to Apply

To successfully apply for the Scholarship Programme, applicants are to adhere to the following steps:

Step One: Admissibility Submission

Step Two: Additional Tests If your Bachelor’s degree was not taught in English, make arrangements to take an English Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS) and have the results sent to UBC.

Step Three:

  • Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Eligibility Package In order for the Selection Committee to determine your eligibility for this scholarship, you must demonstrate financial need, a commitment to give back and how your education will contribute towards the transformation of your community, your region or your country in Africa.
  • You must: Complete the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Eligibility Form.
  • If submitting a hand-written Eligibility Form, ensure that the document is clearly legible.
  • Submit Personal Statements.
  • An answer to each question not exceeding the word limit must be typed and submitted: Please tell us your story.
  • What is of importance to you and reflects who you are? (200-300 words max.)
  • Describe a recent, meaningful involvement in your community, including what your role is/has been in the activity (200-300 words max.)
  • What else should we know about your financial condition in order to consider you for this scholarship? (200-300 words max.) Submit a CV/resume.
  • This should include any relevant education and work experience Provide two reference letters.
  • Please provide two reference letters on official letterhead that will attest and speak extensively to your community service, volunteering abilities, and leadership potential.
  • Transcripts: Please attach a legible copy of your (unofficial) transcripts. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, note that you will be required to also provide a translation.
  • Submit the Checklist, Eligibility Form, Personal Statements, CV, two reference letters on official letterhead, transcripts, and signed declaration.

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