EARTH University MasterCard Foundation Scholarships ($19.5m) for Africans, Latin Americans and Caribbeans

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Course(s) Offered: Available courses
Course Level: Secondary, Undergraduate
Provider: EARTH, MasterCard Foundation
Country to Study in: Costa Rica

Scholarship Description
EARTH University, Costa Rica has a seven-year partnership with the MasterCard Foundation to provide scholarships to young leaders from disadvantaged communities in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Through the partnership, which forms part of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, The Foundation will provide 120 undergraduate scholarships to EARTH students. Approximately one-third of the scholars will come from Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest from Latin America and the Caribbean.

EARTH University is honored to partner with The MasterCard Foundation to provide scholarships to young leaders from disadvantaged communities around the globe. The partnership will provide funds amounting to $19.5 million to EARTH students for 7 years.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program targets talented but financially disadvantaged secondary and prospective undergraduate students from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean who are committed to giving back to their community in Africa.

Selection criteria:
Recipients of The MasterCard Foundation scholarships meet all of EARTH’s selection criteria. As part of the partnership agreement, the university seek to award these scholarships to qualified candidates whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from attending university.

Eligible groups
Citizens of countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

Participating Institutions
Earth University, Costa Rica

Fields of study
All courses offered at the university. Please note that fields available are mainly in the Agricultural sciences and Natural resources management.

EARTH offers a rigorous four-year undergraduate program in agricultural sciences and natural resources management and a prestigious, international faculty, providing a world-class scientific and technological education that emphasizes values, ethical entrepreneurship and environmental and social commitment.

Number of awards
Total of 120 scholarships (over 7 years)

Sponsorship duration
The whole four year duration of undergraduate study

Scholarship benefits
Recipients will receive their full education at no cost: Full tuition and other expenses. Other benefits will include:
  • Leadership development
  • Comprehensive scholarships
  • Support for transition to secondary school, University or the workforce
  • Life skills
  • Mentoring and counselling
Method of Application
To receive a scholarship from this program, applicants must first apply to EARTH by May 25 for students in Africa, and by June 1 for students in Latin America and the Caribbean. EARTH does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnic origin, religion, gender or nationality in its education and admissions policy.

EARTH is currently accepting applications for the 2013 entering class. Send admission form and documents via one of the following methods and confirm that they have been received:
  1. Email:
  2. Fax: +506 2713-0211
  3. Air mail: EARTH University; Apartado 4442-1000; San José, Costa Rica.
For current step-by-step application procedure, please visit the official site through the link below. Note that admissions forms are available in: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese languages.

The deadline to apply for African students is 25 May 2013; and that for Latin America and the Caribbean is 1 June 2013

Pre-selected candidates will complete an academic aptitude exam and participate in an individual and group interview. Selected candidates seeking financial aid will need to submit information regarding the financial situation of their family. Admitted students must complete secondary school before beginning their studies at EARTH.

Application Deadline: 25 May / 1 June 2013
Open for International Students: Yes

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