MasterCard Foundation ending work with MSU

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The MasterCard Foundation says it will stop supporting programs with Michigan State University as the school deals with fallout from a former sports doctor convicted of molesting athletes.

One $45 million program funds the education of students from sub-Saharan Africa. Another $13 million collaborative effort helps young people access agricultural jobs in Tanzania and Nigeria.

The Toronto-based foundation says in a release that it will honor current commitments, but has “lost confidence in our partnership” because of “extensive media reporting.”

University officials say they are focused on supporting students through graduation.

Larry Nassar is currently serving decades in prison after pleading guilty to molesting patients and possessing child pornography.

The MasterCard Foundation works to help young people in Africa lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.

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