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Call for Applications for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa for Sept 2022

DEADLINE: 28 February 2022

United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars Program. This initiative will offer academically talented youth from Africa facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints an opportunity to access world class university education.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa will provide full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate degree-seeking applicants. By completion of their studies, scholars will be required to lead changes in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent, having been equipped with internationally recognized and locally applicable qualifications


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars at USIU-Africa will receive holistic support which includes:

  • Tuition and functional fees;

  • Laptops, books, and other learning materials;

  • Reasonable accommodation and meals;

  • Medical insurance;

  • Stipend;

  • Transport to and from home;

  • Access to leadership training;

  • Access to entrepreneurial training;

  • Psycho-social support, career counselling, and mentorship;

  • Disability needs will be reasonably catered for.


  1. Youth not exceeding 29 years old in the following categories qualify:

    • Young women

    • Young men

    • Refugees and displaced youth

    • Youth with disabilities

  1. Note: Young women are strongly encouraged to apply. Scholars must demonstrate the following qualities:

    • Academic talent: They must value learning and have a personal motivation to complete their education. Must meet the university admissions requirement as per the Kenya Commission for University Education or its equivalent.

    • Commitment to giving back: Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to improving their communities through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities.

    • Leadership potential: Scholars must show commitment to becoming change makers, role models, and mentors who embrace ethical leadership.

  1. Must be interested in, and meet USIU-Africa’s admissions criteria and academic qualifications to undertake, any of the approved 11 undergraduate degree programs for the Scholars Program at USIU-Africa as follows:

    • School of Science and Technology (SST)

      1. Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology

      2. Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology;

    • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS)

      1. Bachelor of Pharmacy

      2. Bachelor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics;

    • School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts (SCCCA)

      1. Bachelor of Arts in Animation,

      2. Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing;

    • Chandaria School of Business (CSOB)

      1. Bachelor of Science in Finance

      2. Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration

      3. Bachelor of Science in Accounting;

    • School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)

      1. Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

      2. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology


Admission to undergraduate degree programs are based on academic achievement at the secondary level. All applicants are expected to satisfy procedures and criteria for admission to USIU-Africa, and to submit acceptable original documents which verify that they have satisfactorily completed, and met all admission requirements.

The requirements are: 5 passes with C or better at O Level and 3 principal passes with C or better at A Level

Applicants for admissions into the undergraduate degree programs are subject to selective screening based on academic achievement at the secondary level.


There is NO APPLICATION FEE for this scholarship! However, the USIU-Africa university does have their own separate application process and fee.

Interested applicants can download the application form for the scholarship from

A completed application should include the following:

  1. Application letter stating the following:

    1. Personal Background including family financial position.

    2. Why you chose USIU-Africa as your university of choice

    3. Where you see yourself after graduation.

  2. Copies of academic documents (Final High school certificates);

  3. Recommendation from your high school teacher, head teacher or sponsoring organization. The letter must be current, official, stamped and signed.

  4. One recent Passport size photograph;

  5. A copy of your Birth certificate, National Identity Card or Passport and/or refugee travel document;

  6. A copy of your refugee identity document (where applicable).

  7. A copy of disability registration document/card (where applicable)

Submit completed application form by email ensuring that the scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all the required documents are scanned in PDF format and clearly named while saving, with your name as the email subject to: or post your application to:

Program Director,

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program,

United States International University - Africa,

P. O. Box 14634 - 00800, Nairobi - Kenya

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