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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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Margaret Githua

Cohort: 2016
Country: Kenya
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Public Relations
College: College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Biography: Margaret Wangari Githua is a Public Relations Master's Student. Margaret graduated from St. Paul’s University in Nairobi, Kenya with a degree in Business and Information Technology. Working as an IT Assistant at the St. Paul’s Department of Distance and E-Learning, she led the creation of the university's Moodle application- a technology platform that students and lecturers used for courses. Margaret is passionate about giving back to Kenya and Africa, at large. She volunteered in Ethiopia through the Edupower Underprivileged project which helped orphans by providing literacy and social amenities programs. In addition, Margaret also volunteered in Ghana under Microsoft Ghana as well as in Colombia with Volunteers Colombia. Margaret serves as a peer mentor for high school students in Kenya through Palmhouse Foundation- a Kenyan NGO that provides scholarship and mentorship to bright and needy students.
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