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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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Rosette Nakalema

Cohort: 2013
Country: Uganda
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Food Science
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Biography: Rosette completed her Master's in food science and technology in 2015 and is on her way to becoming a senior researcher focusing on food science and nutrition. She says that 80 percent of the population of Uganda is ignorant about food science, and the food processing industry there is under-developed. Nakalema says, "This expertise will allow me to enhance the nutritional value of staples, which, in turn, will help address malnutrition, hunger, and poverty among many people in Uganda." Within the next decade, she'd like to pursue a Ph.D. degree and teach at her former university—Makerere University in Uganda. "Studying at a first-rate world university—Michigan State University—has always been my dream. I am more than delighted to have been awarded this scholarship; it is a great opportunity for me and a stepping stone to my future career goals. Long live MasterCard!"
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