Mastercard Scholarships for Gambian Students 2018

GAmbian students are been invited to send in their applications for the MASTERCARD FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FOR GAMBIAN STUDENTS 2018, only eligible applicants from the Gambia who has complied with the eligibility criteria to the later will be considered for this scholarship program.

Applicants are also reminded that all incomplete scholarship applications will also be disregarded and will automatically disqualify students that have made such applications.


Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation established by Mastercard in 2006. Since its creation, the Foundation has partnered with a number of worldwide Non-governmental organizations and core partners aiming to ameliorate financial life, primarily in the Global South. Its objective is to use a $2 billion endowment on Microfinance programs. With these programs, the Foundation’s goal is to make global economics more accessible to people around the world. These programs also strive to give youth around the world new educational experiences and access to financial services and programs.

Mastercard Foundation was founded in 2006, operating primarily out of Toronto. It began as a board made up of five American directors and two Canadian directors, with chairwoman Lois Juliber. During the Foundation’s infancy however, it began to emphasize the American contributions, and two years after the initial board was formed they named Reeta Roy as president and CEO of the Foundation.


Scholars Program

The Mastercard Foundation’s Scholar Program is a globally recognized program that helps youth gain access to new educational opportunities thus furthering social and economic progress among disadvantaged communities. The Scholars Program is aimed at disadvantaged, but academically inclined individuals, interested in expanding their education.

Partners in the program include, but are not limited to; Queens University, the University of Gondar, McGill University, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia.

With the University of Gondar and Queens University, the Foundation has a 10 year partnership in which they have invested $24.2 million in to provide advanced education opportunities to youth with disabilities in Ethiopia and Africa. For the University of Gondar this will mean 290 undergraduate degrees, and 160 master’s degrees. Queens University will provide 44 PhD opportunities to faculty members of the University of Gondar. These programs are multifaceted, allowing for a wide range of diversity in education.

McGill University will facilitate education for approximately 90 students from Africa. Two thirds of these students are participating in undergraduate degree programs – around half of which will be from the French speaking countries within Africa – and the remaining third will be those completing their master’s degree programs

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The MasterCard scholars program is often implemented through her partner universities and NGOs that serve young people from vulnerable backgrounds. The application process and decision-making is managed by each partner in the Program. Students are considered for the Program must be academically strong and have demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

Becoming a Scholar

The Scholars Program is implemented through our partner universities and NGOs that serve young people from vulnerable backgrounds. The application process and decision-making is managed individually by each partner in the Program. Students considered for the Program must be academically strong and have demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.


This scholarship program is for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies


The field of study for this program is based on the program available at the candidates university of choice,

To see MasterCard foundation Partner Universities, please see this link Here


The Mastercard foundation scholarship is hosted in various countries, some of which are AFrican countries and also abroad, The host Country depends on where the candidate applied and the country the have chosen to study in.

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This scholarship program is available to Gambian students


The scholarship benefits is that includes

  1. Full tuition fees
  2. Accommodation and meals
  3. A modest monthly stipend
  4. Textbooks and printed material
  5. Medical aid cover for the duration of the study
  6. VISA costs
  7. Reasonable travel costs (including flight ticket) to and from your home
  8. Leadership development opportunities
  9. Academic advising and counselling support


  • Candidates should be citizens of Gambia
  • Applicants should come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate financial neediness.
  • Candidates should demonstrate leadership potential and ought to be involved in a giving back project e.g. in a community, at school, church etc
  • Academic excellence is paramount and students have to maintain a high academic average at all times.
  • Candidates need to be first time applicants as first-year students in the degree programme.


Interested candidates who seeks to apply for this scholarship are advised to do so by Visiting the Official website of the MasterCard foundation for Instructions. See this Official Link


Latest updates on application deadline will be communicated as soon as possible , please stay tuned for this information

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