Scholars Program at KNUST
Our goal is to raise the next generation of ethical and transformative leaders who would influence positive forward-looking changes in their respective home countries, specifically, and on the African Continent as a whole.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana is a partnership between KNUST and the Mastercard Foundation, headquartered in Toronto Canada, to train altogether 2,250 scholars over an aggregated 15-year period (750 Scholars in Phase I – 2014-2019 and 1,500 Scholars in Phase II – 2019-2029) to contribute significantly to societal change and the transformation of Africa.
The Program at KNUST provides access to quality university education to qualified academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in deprived communities of Ghana and Africa and empower them to give-back to society. In the execution of her mandate, the Program further gives priority to Females, Displaced Persons (Certified Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons) and Persons with Disability.
Cohort Five Scholars Reflection
Summer Camp 2022
Robert Asupungu shares his story
An integral component of the Program is the commitment from the Scholars to give back to their communities and countries of origin. Students demonstrate this commitment through volunteerism and community service, as well as other forms of experiential learning.
The goal of the Education and Learning Program is to enable access to quality, relevant tertiary education for economically disadvantaged youth and to develop next-generation leaders who will support social and economic transformation in their communities, Ghana, Africa and the world at large.
The goal of this program is to enable young people to transition to employment. It provides out-of-school, unemployed young people with market-relevant skills, connections to employers, and access to financial services.