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‘Education was my only hope’
Tue, 17 Dec 2019 - 11:00

Going to university to further her education had always been on the horizon for Monica Damane. But when she lost both her parents at a young age, the sun instantly set on that dream. With only her grandmother left to care for her and her four siblings, there were very few extras, and the future seemed as bleak as a dark, cold, endless winter.

Conquering Lion’s Head
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 - 09:00

UCT Mastercard Foundation Scholars proved that their fitness levels match their academic talents when they joined VC Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng to conquer Lion’s Head.

UCT Mastercard Scholar at Meeting of the Minds
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 - 10:30

Earlier this year UCT Masters in Geomatics Graduate, Natalia Dambe attended the Carnegie Mellon University Meeting of the Minds Research Symposium in Kigala, Rwanda.

“The drought in my community is much more hectic than the Cape Town drought”: Lessons learnt from Mastercard Foundation scholars.
Sat, 30 Jun 2018 - 09:15

UCT Mastercard Foundation Scholars come from a range of backgrounds yet they consistently choose research topics in areas that directly impact society.

Mastercard entrepreneurial learning journey
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 - 10:15

As part of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, a week of activities aimed at developing the entrepreneurial skills of the scholars on the programme did just that and more for scholars who joined the township tour.

“Be a contender,” Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng tells Mastercard Foundation Scholars
Tue, 02 May 2017 - 09:00

“At every university, you get three types of students: spectators, pretenders and contenders,” Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation, told UCT’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars at their welcome reception in April.

Mastercard Foundation Scholar graduates ready to drive change in their communities
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 - 14:15

Having recently graduated from their respective fields of study at UCT, three Mastercard Foundation scholars – Christina Nyandoro, Ramontsheng Rapolaki, and Jeremiah Mutungi – are ready to take what they have learned and use it for good.

Postgraduate, Jeremiah Mutungi, wins Best Paper Award at ICTS conference
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 - 10:30

Jeremiah Mutungi, a master’s scholar from the Communications Research Group in the department of Electrical Engineering, received an award for one of the best three papers at the 19th Annual Southern African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC)

MasterCard Foundation Scholars are turning ideas into action
Mastercard Foundation Scholars are turning ideas into action
Thu, 12 May 2016 - 15:30

UCT MasterCard Foundation Scholars Fadzai Muramba and Christina Nyandoro recently attended the Clinton Global Initiative University 2016 meeting at the University of California, Berkley.

Mastercard Scholars 2016 cohort
Mastercard Scholars 2016 cohort off to a flying start
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 - 14:30

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town welcomed 20 new scholars for the 2016 cohort. As part of their orientation, the scholars set off on a tour of the Cape Peninsula where they had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with their new home away from home.

The Mastercard Foundation scholars at UCT
The Mastercard Foundation scholars share their Africa ambitions
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 - 12:15

UCT has welcomed its second cohort of Mastercard scholars, who are keen to make their contribution on the African continent – and they all have big ambitions to share.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2016
New Mastercard cohort enthusiastic about Africa’s future
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 - 08:00

On the surface, The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT might appear to only be an opportunity for further education. For the young people participating in it, it provides a vehicle to fulfil their dreams.