The University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Mastercard Foundation have partnered to provide full scholarships to academically promising undergraduate students from sub-Saharan Africa. The vision of the program is to educate bright yet economically marginalized young people in Africa who have demonstrated a “give-back” commitment and who seek to use their
education to contribute to the transformation of the continent.
Nominations for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus will be accepted from secondary schools and recognized international development agencies and their affiliates, or registered local or international charitable and not-for-profit organizations. Each school or organization may nominate a maximum of three students. Prospective undergraduate students nominated for the MCFSP at UBC may not additionally be nominated for the International Leader of Tomorrow Award or the Donald Wehrung International Student Award at UBC.
To be eligible for consideration for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC, the nominee must:
• be a citizen of a sub-Saharan African country whose permanent residence is in sub-Saharan Africa;
• present economically disadvantaged financial circumstances correspondent to that of the lowest two quintiles of their country’s socio-economic scale, and be able to show they lack financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary ( university) education in their home country or elsewhere;
• have a very strong academic record (‘A’s) and meet UBC’s admissions requirements, including UBC’s English Language Admission Standard (visit http://you.ubc.ca for detailed admissions information);
• have a record of service, extra-curricular involvement and leadership in their school and/or community;
• be graduating/recently graduated from a recognized senior secondary school;
• be applying for their first undergraduate degree in one of the following Faculties at UBC’s Vancouver campus:
o Faculty of Arts (Bachelor of Arts)
o Vancouver School of Economics (Bachelor of International Economics)
o Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering)
o Faculty of Forestry
o Faculty of Land & Food Systems (including Global Resource Systems; Food, Nutrition & Health; Applied Biology (Applied Animal Biology, Applied Plant & Soil Sciences or Food & the Environment))
o Faculty of Science
o Sauder School of Business (Bachelor of Commerce)
• be an international student who will be studying at UBC on a Canadian Study Permit;
• demonstrate a commitment to returning to Africa immediately after graduation from UBC and giving back to his/her home community in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa. Convention refugees, students intending to become landed immigrants to Canada, and students who have already entered or completed post-secondary schooling are not eligible for consideration for this award.
The decisions of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Selection Committee on all nominations are final.
A student must be nominated for the Undergraduate MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of British Columbia. Nominations will be accepted from secondary schools and recognized international development agencies and their affiliates, or registered local or international charitable and not-for-profit organizations. Each school or organization may nominate a maximum of three students. Note that you will need to apply online to the University of British Columbia AND also submit the Undergraduate MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program nomination package.