The University of British Columbia (UBC) is pleased to be partnering with The Mastercard Foundation to foster the next generation of African leaders. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC will provide 163 academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people from Sub-Saharan Africa with access to quality and relevant university education at UBC. After graduating, the scholars will then utilize their learning and experiences to contribute to the economic growth and social transformation of their communities in Africa. On this website you can learn more about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC, find out how to apply, and meet UBC’s current scholars.



SLC Faces of Today Award Recipient 2019- Sharon Shamuyarira

Sharon Shamuyarira, 4th year scholar from Zimbabwe was awarded the Student Leadership Conference- Faces of Today award to recognize her overwhelming efforts to go Beyond the Lines in her leadership, innovate, and build community on UBC campus. Read more about her leadership achievements here. Watch her talk about her experience as a speaker for UBC Jumpstart Orientation […]

Advancing Education in Africa through MCF at UBC

Graduate Scholar Sam Adeyanju shares the role of the MCF scholarship at UBC, particularly in the Faculty of Forestry. He provides a brief overview on how the scholarship has evolved since being implemented  at UBC in 2013 . Sam also shares the personal impact this opportunity has had on him and his dreams. To read Sam’s […]

Global Landscape Forum 2018- From the Perspective of Sam Ayanleye; Master of Science in Forestry

“Prior to my studies at UBC, I co-founded an initiative called Eden-world Initiative to combat deforestation, desertification, sand-dune accumulation, and low soil fertility in Nigeria. EWI does this through forestry education, climate change campaigns, tree planting and tree tagging. Coming to Vancouver, British Columbia in August 2018 and being witness to the high level of […]


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