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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.

About USIU-Africa

United States International University Africa, also known as USIU Africa, is a private university in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community. The university is accredited by the Commission for Higher Education in Kenya and by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The university was established in 1969 as the Nairobi Campus of United States International University (USIU), a San Diego -based institution. In 1999, the United States International University, Nairobi Campus, established itself as a separate university under its new name: USIU Africa. Over 130 nationalities are represented among the student population undertaking 24 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs at USIU Africa. The university has an alumni population in excess of 140,000

Scholarship Benefits

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. Only youth not exceeding 29 years old in the following categories qualify:

  • Young women and men.

  • Refugees and displaced youth;

  • Youth with disabilities.

2. Scholars must demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Academic talent: Meet the minimum university entry grade of a C+ and above or its equivalent as set by the Kenya Commission for University Education. Applicants interested in courses in the school of Pharmacy and Health sciences must have a mean grade of B- or its equivalent and at least a C+ or B- in the cluster subjects of English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. International applicants must meet the 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.

3. Must be interested in, and meet USIU-Africa admissions criteria and academic qualifications to undertake, any of the approved 13 undergraduate degree programs for the Scholars Program at USIU-Africa as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology,

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology

  • Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics

  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy

  • Bachelor of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Bachelor of Arts in Animation

  • Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing

  • Bachelor of Science in Finance

  • Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

USIU-Africa is accredited in Kenya by the Commission for University Education (CUE). USIU-Africa is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This double-accreditation makes your degree recognized not only in Kenya, the US but also worldwide.

How To Apply

Interested applicants can download the application form the USIU-Africa website or on Before filling in the application form, please read through all the instructions and required information. Submit complete application together with other supporting documents required by email ensuring that the scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all the required documents are scanned in PDF format. Clearly name while sending with your name and nationality as the email subject to:

The Scholars program will communicate to applicants through email and phone contact. Applicants should ensure that the phone numbers and email addresses provided are accurate and active in order to receive important information and feedback.

After the selection process, successful applicants will be invited for a virtual or in person interview conducted by independent panels.


For more information, contact the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Team at USIU-Africa on: Email: or Phone: +254 730 116 218 /500 /107 /148.


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