Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at AIMS

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Overview

Since 2014, the Mastercard Foundation, together with AIMS, is leveraging the AIMS model to develop Africa’s next generation of leaders through education. In a bid to propel socio-economic change, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at AIMS focuses on driving transformative leadership by encouraging scholars to engage in the development of their communities and the continent at large. The program targets socioeconomically disadvantaged students with brilliant academic records and leadership potential.

Program Features

  • A give-back component including mandatory community service for all scholars;
  • Outreach, public engagement and training activities designed to provide networking and professional development opportunities for participants;
  • The development of transformational leadership skills to strengthen their sense of responsibility to give back to the African continent and lead the positive transformation of their communities.

Impact

As of July 2020, AIMS had graduated 474 Mastercard Foundation Scholars (61% women), with 68 Co-operative (Co-op) Education scholars currently undertaking the program. Combined, these scholars are nationals from 33 African countries.