Mastercard Scholars Program Graduates First Six

By UC Berkeley News

UC Berkeley held a celebration last week to honor six students from Sub-Saharan Africa earning master’s degrees this month. The group is the first group graduating from the university’s partnership with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program-

For the past two years, the university has been one of several schools worldwide to partner with the program, a $500 million initiative that will provide full scholarships and comprehensive support to 15,000 talented students from developing countries.

Through the partnership, Berkeley will focus on students intent on returning to their home countries to make life better there. In all, the campus will serve 113 students from Sub-Saharan Africa through 2020 – offering financial, academic and social support, as well as career counseling.

Caption: Aisha Kigongo, left, who earned a master’s degree in information management and systems, talks with Shanti Corrigan of International House. Kigongo plans to return to her village in Uganda to work on youth education projects.

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