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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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Veronica Uzalili

Cohort: 2013
Country: Malawi
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Entomology
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Biography: Veronica is a completed her Master's in Entomology in 2015. She says her country is facing many challenges—namely disease, hunger, and a high illiteracy level. After receiving her master's degree, she intends to return to her home country and work in vector-borne disease research. After about three years, she plans to pursue her Ph.D. and then establish an entomological research laboratory. The end goal is for a healthy Malawi, which will enable people to participate in development projects. Upon her return to Africa, she will advocate for girls' education, since the school dropout rate is high. She believes that with mentoring and encouragement to work hard in class, it is possible to get out of poverty. Her long-term goal is to become a professor of entomology to help shape future scientists. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides the support for her dream of "seeing a better Africa."
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