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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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Luyando Katenda

Cohort: 2016
Country: Zambia
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: James Madison College
College: James Madison College
Biography: Luyando Mutale Katenda is an undergraduate student pursuing a James Madison major. Before coming to MSU Luyando strongly explored his passions of sustainable development and governance. He has worked as a UNICEF child and climate ambassador that has taken part in training Zambian young people as climate ambassadors, raising advocacy around climate change and planting trees. He has also established several environmental clubs in his locality. He was also part of the African Leadership Academy’s Model African Union as Committee chair. Model African Union as committee chair thus advancing his critical thinking and leadership skills. Luyando hopes to be part of the agenda for the involvement of youth in politics and decision making by creating capacity building mechanisms which will consequently avert the tarnished name of politics as a dirty game. Besides this, Luyando is also co-founder of Agents of change foundation Zambia an institution that equips young people in discussing climate change and HIV prevention using radio.
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