MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, South Africa


August 30, 2016

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About MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged young people in South Africa, SADC and the rest of Africa, who will contribute to the transformation of the continent. Community service is a necessary component of the Program with all students giving back to disadvantaged communities.
The identified scholars need to demonstrate a commitment to making a difference in their communities, having faced significant barriers to accessing and completing quality tertiary education. The Program provides a comprehensive scholarship, mentoring and counseling, academic support and access to work readiness skills.
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 worldThe 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.

The MasterCard Foundation offers a full scholarship to students who have been admitted to one of the following undergraduate study programmes at the University
of Pretoria:

Faculty of Engineering

BEng (Industrial Engineering)
BEng (Chemical Engineering)
BEng (Civil Engineering)
BEng (Electrical Engineering)
BEng (Electronic Engineering)
BEng (Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering)
BEng (Mining Engineering)
BEng (Computer Engineering)

Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

BCom (Accounting Science)
BCom (Financial Science)
BCom (Economics)
BCom (Informatics)
BCom (Agribusiness Management)

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

BScAgric (Food Science and Technology)
BScAgric (Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness Management)
BScAgric (Animal Science)
BScAgric (Plant Pathology)
BScAgric (Applied Plant and Soil Sciences)

Postgraduate Study Programmes

Master’s degree applicants in the above-mentioned fields may also apply.

Honour’s candidates will be considered if they are prepared to commit to continuing to a Master’s degree.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates should be citizens from Sub-Saharan African country.
  • 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 eg. 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.

What The MasterCard Foundation Scholarship covers

If your MCFSP application is successful the Program will cover the following:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Accommodation in a UP residence
  • Meals
  • Books and printed material
  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Medical aid (Ingwe only)
  • Travel costs (one return trip for the duration of the study period)
  • Cost of one visa application for the duration of the study period.

UP Application Process

Step 1

Apply online. Alternatively, you can submit a hard copy of your application form.  

Step 2

After your application has been submitted, it will be evaluated by members of the relevant faculty. The faculty will inform you whether you have been admitted. 

Step 3

Once you have been admitted, please contact to commence the process to apply for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program immediately.

Step 4

Successful MasterCard Foundation Scholars should have a passport to enable them to apply for a visa promptly.

For more information,

Dial +27 (0)12 420 4297/6621,
Send an email to for undergraduates and for postgraduates enquiries.

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July 04, 2016
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