Going 'Beyond Education’: Piloting a New Scholarship Model in Sub-Saharan African

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Published on March 14, 2014

Author: MasterCardFoundation

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Details about the Beyond Education model and unique features leading to success.

Going 'Beyond Education’: Piloting a New Scholarship Model in Sub-Saharan Africa 14 March 2014

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program 2

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program: Context and Programmatic Need Developing countries have achieved a remarkable expansion in educational enrolment, however:  Enrolment in secondary and tertiary education remains low, particularly among poor and rural populations  There are concerns about access to quality and relevant education, even as demand for an educated workforce increases  Many skilled graduates migrate to higher-income countries for better remuneration and working conditions  International scholarship programs too often contribute to brain drain 3

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program  $500 million, 10-year initiative to educate and support 15,000 young people – particularly from Africa – to act as “socially transformative leaders,” driving change and making a positive social impact in their communities  11,000 secondary-level Scholarships; 6,000 tertiary-level  Target population: youth who have demonstrated academic talent, social consciousness and an orientation toward leadership, and who come from highly disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds  Implemented with and through a global network of 20 NGOs and secondary and tertiary education institutions, which select and directly support the Scholars 4

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program: Program Components 5 Comprehensive scholarships Transition support 21st-century skill building Give-back component Alumni network

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program: Akwanya Initiative • Pilot program, 2012-2015: 85 Scholars • Recruitment partners on the continent who nominate suitable candidates • University partners invest at least 50% of the financial support for each Scholar • Matching ‘placement’ with universities based on Scholars’ academic and professional goals, optimum learning and community environment, etc. • Full-time program staff dedicated to supporting Akwanya Scholars in university and throughout their personal/professional development • Integration into the wider MasterCard Foundation Scholars network 6

Akwanya: Progress and Lessons Learned • 51 Scholars from 22 countries, with another 25 joining in August • Studying at 16 tertiary institutions in eight countries • Early lessons learned • The ‘cohort’ is key – students benefit in many ways from having fellow Scholars on campus (and ‘solo’ Scholars have struggled) • Relatively small financial incentives from the program make it attractive and viable for universities with limited funding to engage • Leveraging recruitment partners ensures a very high-quality applicant pool • Under-resourced international students are just as capable of success, given the right support • There is potential for incredible growth (high # of potential Scholars and of interested university partners) 7

Contacts Barry Burciul  bburciul@mastercardfdn.org Laura Kaub  lkaub@africanleadershipacademy.org 8

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