International Studies & Programs

The Scholars

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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Joseph Ajao

Cohort: 2013
Country: Nigeria
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Business Administration
College: College of Business
Biography: Joseph is from Nigeria and received his MBA from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2015. Prior to coming to MSU, he worked at Rocket Internet, a technology incubator; he says Rocket's drive to create opportunities for Nigerian entrepreneurs inspired him to pursue an advanced degree at a top business school. His dream is to create opportunities for new and early-stage technology companies in his home country. He hopes to launch a $100 million venture capital fund within six years and invest in companies that could potentially generate at least 100 new jobs annually.
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