MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at KNUST

Deadline: 11 May 2018

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) provides academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Ghana and Africa with access to quality and relevant University education. The Scholars Program embodies an array of mentoring and cultural transition services to ensure the scholar’s academic success, community engagement and transition to employment opportunities which will further the goal of social and economic transformation of Africa.

The goal of the program is to raise transformative leaders to influence change on the African Continent. It embodies an array of mentoring and cultural transition services to ensure the scholar’s academic success, community engagement and transition to employment opportunities which will further the goal of social and economic transformation of Africa. It aims to train a cohort of students in to contribute to societal change and transformation of the African Continent.



The KNUST has, since January 2005, transformed from its previous centralized system of administration into significantly decentralized one called the Collegiate system. Under this system, the various faculties have been condensed into six colleges which are;
– College of Science
– College of Engineering
– College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
– College of Art and Built Environment
– College of Health Sciences
– College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Since its inception, the University has been administered on the Faculty-based system. This naturally led to a situation where new Faculties and Institutes were created to meet the ever-growing academic pursuits of students. The resultant collection of Faculties largely hampered efficient administrative and academic operations, as duplication of efforts and long administrative processes were rampant.

The need to deal with these complexities and harmonize the operation of the existing structures became apparent and unavoidable. This was more so, with the ever-increasing numbers in student population. True to the vision to make KNUST the model for technological education in Africa and the Vice-Chancellor’s commitment to academic excellence, the Collegiate System came into being with the promulgation of the statutes on November 29, 2004.


Scholarship Benefits

  • Comprehensive financial support (full tuition, fully paid on-campus accommodation, learning materials, transportation and          monthly stipend).
  • Regular group meetings with other scholars that focus on personal and professional development opportunities and activities tailored to build societal relationships and scholars’ capacity.
  • Continued academic support through academic mentoring, virtual learning, life and career coaching, and tutoring.
  • Opportunities to participate in leadership congresses, community services and mentoring (Go-back Give- Back), and uniquely sourced internships.
  • An academic environment where faculty and students engage with global issues.
  • The prestige of becoming part of the growing family of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Alumni and the Global Scholars Community.
  • The opportunity to be enrolled on an accelerated Master’s Degree after undergraduate studies with an MCF Partner institution in the USA.



For the 2018/2019 Academic year, the opportunity is open to;

  • All Applicants with GCE and A’Level or their equivalent results from an accredited/recognised institution and Certificate Ready and Satisfies KNUST’s Admission Requirements. NO AWAITING RESULTS candidate will be accepted.
  • Candidates who are 29 or under at the time of applying.
  • Who have been admitted to KNUST for any undergraduate programme, however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected for the Scholars Program, even if you are admitted to the partner university.
  • The Applicant must have Critical Economic Needs.
  • The Applicant must have Proven Records of Leadership and Community Engagement (s).
  • Females and Physically Challenged Applicants sh0all be given top priority.
  • All Subjects are considered; however, there is Preference for Science Students.
  • The Applicant must be prepared to Go-Back and Give-Back to his or her Community.


How to apply

Before you can apply to the MCFSP at KNUST, you must have been admitted to one of their undergraduate programmes.

Download the application form from;

Submit the completed application form through any courier mail to:
The Program Manager,
MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at KNUST Secretariat,
Office of the Dean of Students
Private Mail Bag
KNUST, Kumasi

When submitting your scholarship application form to the Secretariat, submit these additional documents
1. The print out of KNUST’s online admission
2. Both O’Level and A’Level results or their equivalent

For more information, please visit;


The Swaziland Young Leaders Fellowship Program. Deadline: 5 April 2018. Link;
The Standard Bank Africa Derek Cooper Scholarship. Deadline: Varies by Institution. Link;

The ALU Mandela Centennial Undergraduate Scholarship Programme. Deadline: 31 March 2018. Link;

The Anzisha Prize Fellowship. Deadline: 31 March 2018. Link;

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation Masters Scholarships. Deadline: 15 April 2018. Link;

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at KNUST for undergraduate studies. Deadline: 11 May 2018. Link;


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