By: Ntombikayise Mathomane.
Mastercard Foundation Scholars (MFS) hosted their first community engagement event for this year on Friday, March 17. They had a soup kitchen in collaboration with Association of Catholic Tertiary (ACT) students at the University of Pretoria (UP) in Anglican Church. MFS University of Pretoria student representative (Media Coordinator), Elosy Khathambi said that this program was established in 2014 as part of the Mastercard Foundation’s mission to support education and leadership development in Africa.
“It offers full scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in various fields, including engineering, natural sciences, and economics, among others. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program at the university of Pretoria. “This program provides academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa with access to high-quality education,” she added.
Khathambi further mentioned that despite the significant progress that has been made in expanding access to education, many young people still face significant barriers to realizing their full potential and the Foundation has also struggled with issues related to sustainability, ensuring that its programs continue to have a long-lasting impact on individuals, communities, and society at large.
The Mastercard Foundation plans to continue expanding its Scholars Program and other education and leadership development programs in Africa. They also aim to reach more young people and create new partnerships with universities and organizations across the continent.
“The program seeks to foster a culture of social responsibility among its graduates, encouraging them to give back to their communities and contribute to the continent’s development”, “The Mastercard Foundation will continue to prioritize sustainability and impact, ensuring that its programs create lasting change in individuals, communities, and society at large.” Khathambi concluded.