Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

About us

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the University of Edinburgh will provide 200 full scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.

On top of the scholarship, the Scholars Program facilitates transformative leadership programming to inspire and support Scholars in making change  in their communities and countries on their return home.

The Mastercard Foundation

Mastercard Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. It operates under the governance of its own Board of Directors, independently from Mastercard Incorporated, which originally set up the Foundation in 2006.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a growing initiative and to date, the Program has committed over $700 million to supporting the education and leadership development of over 30,000 young people. Throughout a network of partners, the Scholars Program ensures that students whose academic talent and promise exceed their financial resources, are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to become the next generation of ethical leaders.

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Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program


Manisha Silva, Administrative Assistant

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome new Scholars to Edinburgh as well as work closely with our current students too!"

Manisha supports the administrative processes and activities of the Scholars Program.

Nick Rowland

Nick Rowland, Regional Director - Africa

"I'm most looking forward to recruiting and closely supporting a new generation of African transformative leaders - those looking to guide, motivate and inspire for change."

Nick manages the recruitment and development component of the Scholars Program.

Johanna Holtan

Johanna Holtan, Program Director

"I treasure the opportunity to work with such talented and visionary young people at an important time of their lives. The team and the students inspire me every day!"

Johanna is responsible for the design and delivery of the Scholars Program strategy, managing the team, and reporting to the Foundation.


Charlie Bevan

Charlie Bevan, Program Manager

"It's a real privilege to work with and support such an inspiring group of students and to see them making an impact here in Edinburgh and across the world."

Charlie is responsible for the delivery of the Scholars Program, managing the team, and reporting to the Foundation.

Pete Kingsley

Pete Kingsley, Student Development Coordinator

"Edinburgh is a wonderful place to live and study, and I love welcoming Scholars to the city and the University, and helping them realise their full potential whilst they are here."​​​

Pete is responsible for the delivery of the student development activities and pastoral care of the Scholars.

Sharon Boateng

Sharon Boateng, Online Learning and Leadership Coordinator

"I’m most looking forward to supporting these talented scholars as they develop academically, and to help them achieve what it is they want to gain from their studies."

Sharon is responsible for conducting research into the experience of studying online, and developing programming for our online scholars.


If you are interested in any aspect of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh, please contact us using our enquiry form.

Enquiry form