The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po for the 2024-2025 academic year is a fully-funded scholarship program designed for students who demonstrate academic excellence and strong leadership potential but face financial challenges in accessing higher education. Here are the key details of the program:
- Objective: The program aims to support high-performing African students from low-income backgrounds to pursue undergraduate studies at Sciences Po. It focuses on those who demonstrate academic brilliance and significant leadership potential but lack the financial resources to pursue further education.
- Strategic Objectives: The Scholars Program is structured around three major objectives: providing specialized support for students, developing their soft skills outside of the academic experience, and building a strong alumni network.
- Application Period: The application process opened in mid-October 2023. The deadline for requesting eligibility for the scholarship is set for 23:59 (Paris time) on November 26, 2023. The final deadline for applying to Sciences Po is December 3, 2023.
- Admissions Timeline: The admissions outcomes for the scholarship will be released between February 10 and 22, 2024.
- Scholarship Benefits: This is a fully-funded scholarship, covering the entirety of the recipient’s educational expenses at Sciences Po.
Eligibility and Selection
- Target Group: The scholarship is awarded in collaboration with a network of partner institutions authorized to nominate candidates, primarily focusing on African students from low-income backgrounds who meet the academic and leadership criteria.
- Selection Criteria: Candidates are selected based on their academic performance and leadership potential, in addition to their financial need.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po represents a significant opportunity for African students who possess the potential to excel academically and lead but face financial barriers to higher education. Through this program, eligible students are afforded the chance to receive a world-class education at one of Europe’s leading universities, setting them up for success in their future endeavors.