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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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Vincent Karenzi

Cohort: 2013
Country: Rwanda
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Agribusiness Management
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Biography: Vincent graduated from Michigan State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management and environmental studies. He is inspired by Maj. General Fred Gisa Rwigema, who started a liberation war in October 1990 and stopped the 1994 genocide against Tutsis. Karenzi has recognized the economic injustice that a high percentage of his country's people are facing. In Rwanda, 85 percent of the population depends on farming, but their hard work doesn't always lead to the expected benefits. Karenzi says, "I envision my future working with farmers in the villages of East African countries, especially in Rwanda." His dream is to solve the economic injustice being done to agriculturists in the deep villages of Africa. The MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program will provide the platform for him to be that "change agent."
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