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MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Arizona State University in USA, 2014

The ASU Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation announce scholars program at Arizona State University in USA. MasterCard scholarships are awarded to students from Sub-Saharan Africa who come from the lowest socioeconomic quintiles and show outstanding academic and leadership abilities. The Scholars program provides financial assistance equivalent to the costs related to the attainment of a bachelor’s degree, which must be obtained within eight semesters or four academic years. The application deadline is 15th January, 2014.

Study Subject (s): Scholarships are provided to learn any of the courses offered by the Arizona State University.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing undergraduate degree level at Arizona State University.
Scholarship Provider: The ASU Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation
Scholarship can be taken at: USA

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Eligibility: This prestigious scholarship recognizes international students from Sub-Saharan Africa who come from the lowest socioeconomic quintiles and show outstanding academic and leadership abilities. Those considered for this program demonstrate high academic achievement, exceptional records of service and activity in their schools and communities, and a commitment to return to Africa after their studies to make an impact on social and economic change in their home countries.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students from Sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe) can apply for these scholarships.

Scholarship Description: The ASU Foundation for a New American University and The MasterCard Foundation are pleased to announce the availability of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU. This prestigious scholarship recognizes international students from Sub-Saharan Africa who come from the lowest socioeconomic quintiles and show outstanding academic and leadership abilities. Those considered for this program demonstrate high academic achievement, exceptional records of service and activity in their schools and communities, and a commitment to return to Africa after their studies to make an impact on social and economic change in their home countries.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Scholarship is offered for eight semesters or for four academic years.

What does it cover? The Scholars program provides financial assistance equivalent to the costs related to the attainment of a bachelor’s degree, which must be obtained within eight semesters, or four academic years. The scholarship includes travel, tuition, housing, food, living expenses, internship experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, and cohort signature programs, such as a freshman retreat in northern Arizona, a Broadway show at Gammage Auditorium and a senior retreat. Students also are eligible to take up to nine credit hours of summer school courses. In addition to financial support, students are provided with a comprehensive support network that includes an array of mentoring and cultural transition services to ensure each student’s academic success, community engagement, and transition to employment opportunities that will further social and economic change in Africa.

Selection Criteria:
academic achievement and potential
-demonstration of service and leadership in school or community and motivation to give back
-motivation and commitment to return to Sub-Saharan Africa after graduation
-verification of disadvantaged socio-economic status

Notification: –The selection committee will determine semi-finalists by Feb. 15, 2014. If a student is selected as a semi-finalist, a letter of recommendation will be required. Reference forms will be sent to semi-finalists when they are notified.
-Recommendation forms must be submitted to The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU no later than March 7, 2014.
-The selection committee will determine finalists by March 28, 2014.
-All other candidates will be notified by April 7, 2014.

How to Apply: The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU must receive a completed online application, which includes:
-financial information related to the household income and expenses
-four essays
-references’ names and contact information
-student information and daily activities

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is January 15, 2014. Students required to take the TOEFL are strongly encouraged to take the exam by Dec. 1, 2013, to ensure an on-time submission of materials for admission to ASU.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application