Michigan State University is a lead partner with The MasterCard Foundation on its $500 million education initiative, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, to provide talented, yet financially disadvantaged African youth with access to high-quality education.
Host to 185 young African scholars over the course of this nine-year program, MSU provides academic training together with leadership development and a pathway to employment back on the continent. Mentorship and internship programs, first in the U.S. then in Sub-Saharan Africa, prepare scholars with relevant, global knowledge and skills to serve as change agents and leaders in their fields.
The program offers a comprehensive package to students, which includes financial, academic and social support, as well as access to networks to make successful transitions to further education or the workforce in Africa. Scholars at MSU will build experiences, values and competencies that are critical to success in the global economy, enabling them to give back to their communities and home countries.