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March 16, 2021


Urban economies in growing cities, such as Nairobi, rely partly on the contribution of tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and painters. Many live in informal, low-income settlements, far from the rest of the city's economy, giving rise to an opportunity mismatch for customers interested in hiring these talented artisans. Sarah Lebu, and two other Mastercard Foundation Scholars Kwinoja Kapiteni (Tanzania) and Chidi Uwaeme (Nigeria) formed KaziTu to fill this gap.

February 2, 2021

UC Berkeley News

Mastercard Foundation Scholar Glora Tumushabe is featued in this article from UC Berkeley News.  

November 18, 2020

Global Learning and Outreach from Berkeley Engineering (GLOBE)

Abdoul Aziz grew up in Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa and moved to South Africa, where he received the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship to come to the US as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. He was selected as a part of the 2019 GLBOE Ambassador Program. Let’s hear about Abdoul Aziz’s transformative experience traveling to Singapore and the Philippines with GLOBE.  Read the full GLOBE article.

August 20, 2020

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

This article feature 7 Mastercard Foundation Scholars: Nebiat Assefa Melles (’18), Carlos Mureithi (’19), Boikanyo Tefu (’20), Waringa Kamau (’17), Tawanda Kanhema (’14), Grace Oyenubi (’18), Alsanosi Adam (’16).  Read the full article from the Graduate School of Journalism.

August 27, 2015

UC Berkeley News

First comes the honeymoon, then the culture shock, followed by an adjustment period and finally mastery. That’s the “U-Curve” trajectory typically experienced by international students, according to the Berkeley International Office.

May 20, 2014

UC Berkeley News

The campus held a festive event Friday to honor six students from Sub-Saharan Africa earning master’s degrees this month. The group is the first graduating cohort from UC Berkeley’s partnership with The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.  Read the full Berkeley News article.

March 4, 2014

UC Berkeley Graduate Division

The Study on sub-Saharan African Alumni (PARIS) was officially launched during a two-day workshop held last December at UC Berkeley with participants from seven universities – University of Toronto, McGill, and Simon Frasier (Canada), Earth University (Costa Rica) and UC BerkeleyStanford, and Arizona State University (USA).  Read the Graduate Division article on

April 3, 2013

UC Berkeley News

At Zengeza 1 High School in Zimbabwe, students have long called two of their buildings the Harvard Campus. They named them in hopes that, at least every other year, someone from their impoverished but proud school of 2,500 students, all of them from families earning less than $300 a year, would be admitted to the Ivy League.  Read the full Berkeley News article.

March 5, 2013

UC Berkeley Engineering

Growing up in western Kenya, Lilian Kabelle had always dreamed of going to Berkeley—only 10,000 miles, an acceptance letter and the means stood in her way. Now, as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar, Kabelle is attending Berkeley at no cost as part of a $500 million education initiative to provide full scholarships for students in developing countries who exemplify a “give back” ethos.  Read the full article from the College of Engineering.

December 1, 2012

Mastercard Foundation Scholar Lilian Kabelle featured in this Bear Perspective for the Light the Way campaign.  

November 1, 2012

UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, Breakthroughs

An estimated 2.2 million Sub-Saharan Africans under the age of 30 will enter the labor force between 2011 and 2015, yet less than 6 percent of the region’s young people enroll in university. That means the $30 million in educational support recently awarded to the University of California, Berkeley, by The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a game-changer for the region.

October 30, 2012

CalTV on YouTube

Journalists Dzinya Djuba and Esther Adjepong tell us about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UC Berkeley.  See the video on CalTV's YouTube Channel.  

October 13, 2012

UC Berkeley will get $30 million over eight years to educate 113 African students, including seven who arrived this year.  Read the full SFGate article.

October 4, 2012


Over the next eight years, 113 students from sub-Saharan Africa will be awarded full-ride scholarships to UC Berkeley thanks to a program recently launched by the Mastercard Foundation.  Read the full DailyCal article.