Golden Chance: US Scholarships for Kenyan Students

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The Arizona State University (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.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program has prestigious scholarship which recognizes international students from Sub-Saharan Africa coming from the lowest socio-economic background but have outstanding academic and leadership abilities.


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Candidates for this program must 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.

Those who qualify will receive financial assistance equivalent to the costs related to the attainment of a bachelor’s degree, 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.

Apart from 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,



To qualify, one must be;

  • A First-time freshman seeking a bachelor’s degree
  • Citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Currently living in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Academic achievement and potential
  • Demonstration of service and leadership in school or community
  • Motivation and commitment to return to Sub-Saharan Africa after graduation and give back
  • Verification of disadvantaged socio-economic status



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