126 Mastercard Scholars to study at Sciences Po

An exceptional scholarship programme for students from Sub-Saharan Africa
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The Mastercard Foundation, partnered with Sciences Po, provides full scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa who have great academic potential but limited financial resources. Over six years (from 2017 to 2023), this programme will support a total of 126 students admitted to its undergraduate, graduate and summer programmes. This exceptional scholarship programme aims to recruit talented students who aspire to shape the future of the African continent and help them develop their full potential.

No Barriers to Education: Financial Aid at Sciences Po

4 in 10 Sciences Po students benefit from financial aid
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At Sciences Po, we firmly believe that financial barriers should not get in the way of education. That is why each year we dedicate 10.5 million euros in scholarships and financial aid. Thanks to this proactive social policy, every year we help 4 in 10 students (figures from 2017-2018).

Robert Tindwa, recipient of the L'Oréal Excellence Award

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Robert Tindwa started as an undergraduate on the Sciences Po Reims Campus. Today he is a Master's student and the recipient of the L'Oréal Excellence Award Africa. Read the interview.

"My world view has been entirely shaken"

Isabel O’Brien is the recipient of the 2018 Henri de Castries scholarship
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Isabel O’Brien, first year student in the Dual BA Program between Sciences Po and Columbia University, has been awarded the 2018 Henri de Castries scholarshipBelow is an excerpt of her personal statement

"I believe in service leadership"

Interview of Mastercard Foundation Scholar Astou Diouf
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Astou Diouf from Senegal is part of the first cohort of Mastercard Foundation Scholars studying at the Sciences Po campus in Reims. Astou plans one day to start a business in the agri-food industry in Africa.

"Even small actions can have a great ripple effect"

Interview of Mastercard Foundation Scholar Zipporah Gakuu
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Zipporah Gakuu is a first-year student and part of the first cohort of Mastercard Foundation scholars at Sciences Po. From Kenya to her first steps on campus to today, her commitment to giving back to society and defending women and children’s rights is growing everyday.

International student scholarships

Emile Boutmy & Eiffel scholarships
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Every year, nearly 300 international students benefit from the Emile Boutmy or Eiffel scholarships. These scholarships are funded by Sciences Po and our public & private partners, and allow students from around the world to study at Sciences Po.

Emile Boutmy, the founder of Sciences Po, was from the beginning committed to opening the school to international students, who today make up 47% of the student body.

"The future is being built today"

Meet Fitiavana Andry, who wants to change her country's future
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Fitiavana Andry from Madagascar wants to play a part in her country's future. Fitiavana belongs to the first cohort of Sciences Po - MasterCard Foundation scholars, a programme that supports committed students from Africa.

Committed to Africa

Romaric Compaoré, Sciences Po student from Burkina Faso
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Romaric Compaoré comes from Burkina Faso and is working on a project to facilitate access to water in his village. Romaric is part of the first cohort of Sciences Po - MasterCard Foundation Scholars, a programme to educate and support bright young African students with a personal commitment to changing the world around them.

A healthy passion for helping others

Meet Ashale Chi, a student on the Reims campus
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Ashale Chi from Cameroon is part of the first cohort of MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Sciences Po. Ashale talked to us about her first months in the Europe-Africa programme on the Sciences Po campus in Reims and her healthy passion for helping others.

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