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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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Balindile Motsa

Cohort: 2015
Country: Swaziland
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Biochemistry
College: College of Natural Science
Biography: Balindile is an undergraduate scholar studying biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology. Despite difficult circumstances growing up, Balindile worked hard in school and has been heavily involved in women's empowerment and volunteer projects in Swaziland and in South Africa. She has worked in care points and preschools, volunteered in orphanages, and helped start and run a company focused on women's empowerment. Balindile plans to return to Swaziland and become an active player in the research for a cure for HIV. She believes that with the right education the health sector in Swaziland can be improved to benefit everyone in the country. Balindile hopes to stand as an inspiration to young Swazi girls who dream to have a career in the sciences and show them that it can be done. She wants to start her own empowerment program to help women establish a stronger presence in the economy of Swaziland.
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