Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The University of Pretoria (UP), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program aims to support economically disadvantaged yet academically gifted youth in Africa who are committed to effecting positive change on the continent. The Program’s objective is to provide assistance to African youth who are faced with substantial socio-economic barriers, including refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs) and persons with disabilities.

The vision of UP is to be a leading research‐intensive university in Africa, recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact, as also for developing people, creating knowledge and making a difference locally and globally.
UP is one of the largest and most diverse university in Southern Africa. Currently UP has more than 50 000 students and has become one of the leading higher education institutions on the continent and indeed, in the world
The University has nine faculties, including the Faculty of Veterinary Science on the Onderstepoort Campus, which is the only one of its kind in South Africa.

Application Requirements
Applications are open to Undergraduate, Honours and Masters students that have applied and have been accepted to the University of Pretoria. Eligible candidates can apply until the 30th of September 2024.
The program is aimed at African youths facing significant socio-economic challenges, including refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and individuals with disabilities, seeking to pursue a higher education.
Applicants must exhibit leadership qualities and a commitment to community service through involvement in projects, school activities, or religious organizations, demonstrating a dedication to making a difference.
Scholars must demonstrate outstanding academic performance, maintaining a high academic average as a critical component of the Program’s expectations.

If your application is successful, the Program will cover the following:
Full tuition fees
Accommodation in a UP residence
Books and printed material
A modest monthly stipend
Medical aid
Travel costs (one return trip for the duration of the study period)
Cost of one visa application for the duration of the study period.

Application Procedure:
Students who are interested in studies at the University of Pretoria and wish to apply for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program must follow the application process.

Step 1
To initiate the application process, download and complete the hard copy of the relevant application form provided below: undergraduate application Form:- or postgraduate application form: –
Ensure that all required supporting documentation is included with your submission.

Step 2
Submit your application electronically to [email protected]. For additional information or inquiries, contact us at +27 (0)12 420 4297 or via email at [email protected]

Step 3
Post-submission, your application will undergo a review process. You will be notified of the outcome afterward. If you do not hear back from us, please assume your application was not successful.
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the University of Pretoria MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program:-

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