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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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Josué Kpodo

Cohort: 2016
Country: Togo
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Computer Science
College: College of Engineering
Biography: Josué Kpodo is an undergraduate student from Togo, majoring in Computer Science. Before attending MSU, Josue got selected for the U.S. Embassy’s Opportunity Funds, a program for brilliant and economically disadvantage students. Josue’s performance keep on improving in this program through tutoring and mentoring local students to prepare for the SAT/TOEFL tests, helping them to apply and fight for admission in U.S. institutions. After graduation, Josue plans to create a program in coordination with nongovernmental agencies to provide insightful disadvantaged students, especially talented young female students, with necessary academic and employment materials. This program will also work to promote English learning, and Technology. Contributing to his country work force by training and employing local staff members, he hopes to further expand Africa’s telecommunications sector and make Togo one of the most advanced technological African states in the region. He says that the MasterCard Foundation program has definitely enlightened him to make his goals towards gender equity, education advancement in his community a reality.
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