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Every year, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program welcomes new undergraduates and graduates from sub-Saharan Africa to Michigan State University's campus. These Scholars have demonstrated academic talent and have a personal commitment to give back to their countries.

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Stella Nhanala

Cohort: 2012
Country: Mozambique
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Biotechnology
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Biography: Stella is from Mozambique where she obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Algarve. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Plant Breeding, Genetics & Biotechnology. She has followed her passion for biosafety and genetic engineering by being involved in a project of the African Union New Partnerships for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) called the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE). Stella wishes to be a role model for girls in her country and to give back by “creating a revolution in Mozambican agriculture through the use of methods and approaches used in biotechnology.” Stella realizes that challenging oneself is key to personal development and to influencing others in positive, lasting, and meaningful ways. She believes in one of Nelson Mandela’s maxims: ‘until I change myself, I cannot change others.’
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