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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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Buhle Mndzebele

Cohort: 2014
Country: Swaziland
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Finance
College: College of Business
Biography: Buhle received his bachelor's of Finance from the Broad College of Business in 2016. He grew up in poverty, with his mother raising several children on a very small salary. "I had to study hard and excel in school in the hope that I‘d have a brighter future, to help change things at home—and in my country at large," he says. He has been involved with a youth club project at orphaned children's soup kitchens in his hometown of Bhanga—planting gardens, distributing food, and motivating students so they will do better in school and in life. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program has allowed him to pursue his degree and return to his home country to use his skills to help improve the economy through the application of proper financial techniques. "The problem with our nation and continent is not the lack of money, but it is that the little money we do have is not well managed or invested," says Mndzebele. His goal is to apply his economic knowledge to solve problems in education, health, and finance in his county and become a successful businessman so he can use his companies to further eradicate the problem of poverty among Africans by providing jobs and financial assistance.
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