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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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Naomi Kamitha

Cohort: 2016
Country: Kenya
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Women and Gender Studies
College: College of Arts and Letters
Biography: Naomi Kamitha is an undergraduate student in MSU majoring in Women and Gender Studies. Before joining MSU, Naomi chaired and engaged in clubs, was a member of her school's student council for three years, interned as a cashier with Equity Bank, volunteered with Equity African Leaders Program to mentor students applying to study abroad, was a volunteer mentor with the Wings to Fly Program in Kenya and was actively involved in Dandelion Kenya(a girls' rights activist program in Kenya). Naomi is passionate about working with young people and women in Africa to pursue gender equality in the very patriarchal society. She also advocates against Sexual Violence. Naomi is currently engaged in service learning at the Refugee Development Centre in Lansing as a tutor and hopes to continue working with the minority in communities in pursuit of their empowerment.
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