Lilian Kabelle, a civil and environmental engineering student, is one of seven students from Sub-Saharan Africa attending UC Berkeley at no cost as part of a $500 million MasterCard Foundation education initiative. Six U.S. universities, including UC Berkeley, were named as partners in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program's global network of educational institutions and non-profits.
UC Berkeley will receive $30 million in funding over the next eight years as part of the program. The initiative will provide some 15,000 talented, yet financially disadvantaged students who have a "give-back" ethos and live in developing countries with full scholarships and comprehensive support for their high school and college educations. Sub-Saharan Africa is the primary focus of the Scholars Program.
(Video produced by Roxanne Makasdjian, UC Berkeley Media Relations)