2018 Graduate Scholarships : Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program for International Students

By | January 23, 2018

2018 Graduate Scholarships : Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program for International Students at Michigan State University (MSU)

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Fall 2018 Graduate Scholarship Application

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University for master’s students is open to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree at an African university and are residents or citizens of an African country. This program targets academically qualified yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent.

This application is for GRADUATE applicants only

We are not currently accepting UNDERGRADUATE applications


How to Apply

Step 1: Apply to Desired Master’s Program

To apply for a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship at MSU, prospective Scholars must first apply to the desired master’s program through the program’s department. After being accepted to the program, the Scholar must be nominated for a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship by a faculty member.

Only students who have been admitted to on-campus Master’s Programs are eligible for this scholarship. A list of graduate programs is available at the MSU Graduate School website.

Save your applicant ID and password during the MSU application process; you will need it to complete the MCF Scholarship Application.

Step 2: Complete an English Proficiency Exam

Complete an English Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS) and any other examinations (for example GRE or GMAT) which the department or program you’re applying to requires.

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Students are strongly encouraged to take these exams no later than early-December 2017 for MSU to receive scores promptly.

Step 3: Submit All Supporting Documents to the Master’s Program

  • Ensure that the master’s program department receives all required supporting documents and official test scores.
  • Each department sets its own criteria for admission. Read the department’s website carefully and then follow the department’s instructions for graduate admission.
  • Submit all required official academic documents, letters of support, official test scores, etc. as indicated by the department and on the Application for Graduate Admission.

Communicate directly with the appropriate graduate department regarding the status of your application.

Step 4: Complete The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Application

Complete the MCF Scholarship Application (.docx) and send it to your graduate department; it should arrive no later than February 1 each year. If submitting a hand-written scholarship application, ensure that the document is clearly legible after it has been scanned.

Step 5: Submit the Recommendation Form

Submit at least one Recommendation Form (.docx) from an individual who can confidently speak to your family’s economic circumstances. Please select someone other than a family member (teacher, community member, etc.) who knows you well and can best answer the questions on the Recommendation Form. Do not submit more than two Recommendation Forms.

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Naming Guidelines

Students with multiple names or nicknames must be careful and consistent when submitting application materials (academic documents, English language test results, etc.). Inconsistency in the student name listed on application materials could delay or halt the processing of an application. Students should apply using their name as it appears or would appear on the student’s passport.

Submitting Documents

MSU requires official academic documents to be sent by mail and do not accept academic documents sent via email as official.

Resubmitting an Application

Graduate applicants may request a change of semester by contacting their department. Applicants do not need to resubmit academic documents already received by the MSU Office of Admissions. Students only need to submit:

  • Missing materials or new academic information not provided with the initial application for admission;
  • An updated MSU MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program application and recommendation form

The updated application and recommendation form for the following fall are first made available in September on the Graduate Application page.


Admission Fees

Advanced Enrollment Deposit

If you are accepted as a MasterCard Foundation Scholar, you are NOT REQUIRED to submit the $250 Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED). The MasterCard scholarship will cover this fee for those accepted to The MCF Scholars Program. Selected scholars will be directed to take steps to secure their F-1 Visa.

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Financial Information

MasterCard Foundation Scholar candidates are NOT REQUIRED to submit financial information, including an Affidavit of Support, Statement of Financial Proof, or supporting bank statement. The only financial documentation required is contained in the MSU MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program application.


Standardized Tests and English Language Requirements

Each department has varying requirements for standardized testing. Please check with your individual program and department to verify which tests and what scores you need for regular admission into the program.

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