YOUTHS from poor backgrounds in sub-Saharan are being offered a chance of a lifetime to study at a Canadian university on a scholarship providing full expenses covering travel, tuition, books, food and housing during a four year undergraduate program.
A statement issued by the University of Toronto which has partnered with the MasterCard Foundation to offer the MasterCard Foundation African Scholars Program, says successful applicants should have excellent academic potential and a strong desire to create lasting development within their respective regions.
“Throughout the duration of the student’s undergraduate career, there will be a variety of academic and personal supports including mentoring and transition assistance programs,” the statement says. “In addition, there will be internship, placement and travel opportunities included in the program.”
In order to be eligible, the student must:
Be a resident of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa
•demonstrate financial need correspondent to that of the lowest two quintiles of their country
•have very strong academic results within their respective school system
•have a record of leadership and extracurricular involvement
•maintain a strong desire to return to Africa to assist and work towards enhanced regional socioeconomic development
•be a graduate or graduating from a recognized secondary school, or have completed necessary academic requirements
•fulfill necessary English requirements (dependent on country)
For more information on academic and language requirements from individual countries please check http://www.future.utoronto.ca/apply/requirements/international-high-school-secondary-university-or-college-post-secondary#IntlReq.
If you have any questions regarding the program or the application procedure, please contact the MCF Scholars Program Office at the University of Toronto firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: December 10, 2016