McGill University MasterCard Foundation Scholarship 2020/2021 Updates : Current School News

McGill University MasterCard Foundation Scholarship 2020/2021 Updates

Filed in Scholarships by on July 19, 2021

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The McGill University in partnership with Mastercard Foundation (MCF) is now accepting applications from applicants for its 2020/2021 McGill University Mastercard Foundation scholarship scheme. See more details below.

McGill University MasterCard Foundation Scholarship

McGill University and the Mastercard Foundation are pleased to offer full scholarships to economically challenged, academically gifted Master’s students from Sub-Saharan Africa through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

This scholarship program is designed to sponsor outstanding, community engaged students to attend university who otherwise would not have the opportunity, thereby, fostering the development of future Sub-Saharan African leaders and entrepreneurs.

In addition to financial support, Scholars are provided with a comprehensive support network that includes an array of mentoring and support services to ensure each student’s academic success, community service engagement and transition to socially relevant employment opportunities, when they return to Africa at the conclusion of their studies.

Types of Scholarships you Should Know

Types of Scholarships you Should Know

Merit-based: The most common merit-based scholarships, awarded by either private organizations or directly by a student’s intended college, recognize academic achievement or high scores on standardized tests.

Most such merit-based scholarships are paid directly by the institution the student attends, rather than issued directly to the student.

Need-based: Some private need-based awards are confusingly called scholarships, and require the results of a FAFSA (the family’s EFC). However, scholarships are often merit-based, while grants tend to be need-based.

Student-specific: These are scholarships for which applicants must initially qualify based upon gender, race, religion, family, and medical history, or many other student-specific factors.

Minority scholarships are the most common awards in this category

Career-specific: These are scholarships a college or university awards to students who plan to pursue a specific field of study.  Often, the most generous awards to students who pursue careers in high-need areas such as education or nursing.

College-specific: College-specific scholarships are offered by individual colleges and universities to highly qualified applicants.

These scholarships are given on the basis of academic and personal achievement. Some scholarships have a “bond” requirement.

Recipients may be required to work for a particular employer for a specified period of time or to work in rural or remote areas; otherwise, they may be required to repay the value of the support they received from the scholarship.

 Athletic: Awarded to students with exceptional skill in a sport. Often this is so that the student will be available to attend the school or college and play the sport on their team.

Although in some countries government funded sports scholarships are available, allowing scholarship holders to train for international representation 

 Brand scholarships: These scholarships are sponsored by a corporation that is trying to gain attention to their brand, or a cause.

Sometimes these scholarships are referred to as branded scholarships. The Miss America beauty pageant is a famous example of a brand scholarship.

Creative contest scholarships: These scholarships are awarded to students based on a creative submission. Contest scholarships are also called mini project-based scholarships where students can submit entries based on unique and innovative ideas.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Master’s Program Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for consideration for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Master’s Program at McGill, you must:

  1. Be admissible to one of the eligible programs at McGill University (see Program List below);
  2. Have never completed any graduate studies;
  3. Be nominated by a professor of a recognized Mastercard Foundation Partner University, or;
  4. Be nominated by a current McGill Professor or Staff Member (Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program – 2021 Nomination Form.pdf);
  5. Be a citizen of and have lived a significant part of your life in a Sub-Saharan African Country (see List of Eligible Countries below);
  6. Have an exceptional record of service and activity in your school and/or community;
  7. Have an intent to return to your country immediately upon the completion of your degree with the goal of transforming your community through social and economic development;
  8. Demonstrate that your financial status is in the lowest two quintiles of your country.



  • Application Period Begins: September 1, 2020
  •  Deadline to submit the Application for Admission in uApply: Your program’s deadline
  • Deadline to MCF Supporting Documents in uApply: January 31, 2021
  • Notification of offers by the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Selection Committee: April 1,
  • For further questions about the application and admission process please contact [email protected]

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