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MasterCard Foundation program graduates first six scholars

By Public Affairs

The campus held a festive event Friday to honor six students from Sub-Saharan Africa earning masters degrees this month. The group is the first graduating cohort from UC Berkeleys partnership with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

For the past two years, UC Berkeley has been one of several schools worldwide to partner with the program, a $500 million initiative that will provide full scholarships and comprehensive support to 15,000 talented students from developing countries.

Through the partnership, Berkeley will focus on students intent on returning to their home countries to make life better there. In all, the campus will serve 113 students from Sub-Saharan Africa through 2020 offering financial, academic and social support, as well as career counseling.

Related information:

  • The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program brings Sub-Saharan African students to UC Berkeley (press release)
  • Searching for the Berkeley spark in Sub-Saharan Africa