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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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Blessing Tayisepi

Cohort: 2013
Country: Zimbabwe
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Civil Engineering
College: College of Engineering
Biography: Blessing graduated from Michigan State University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He says he has been deeply inspired by Thomas Alva Edison because "he pursued his dreams in order to achieve." Tayisepi says he pursued the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship in spite of others telling him it would be difficult to achieve. After receiving his degree, he planned to return to his country to assist in the construction industry. He has always had a passion for engineering, and as he grew up, he began to realize that his country's infrastructure was aging, but no one seemed to be paying attention to it. His dream is to "engineer success," and become a world-renowned engineer who will "change the landscapes of many countries in the world for the better." He hopes to aid socially and economically downtrodden people, to help them see that there is life beyond the veil of poverty and depression.
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