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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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Benjamin Eshiwani

Cohort: 2016
Country: Kenya
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Finance
College: College of Business
Biography: Benjamin Eshiwani is an undergraduate student majoring in Finance. Before coming to MSU, Eshiwani founded The IntelliYouth Initiative in Kenya which focuses on mentoring and offering civic education mainly to the youth in informal settlement. He was also a mentor under Equity Group Foundation. Eshiwani has experience in banking, he interned with Equity Bank (Kenya) as a relationship officer for one year. Eshiwani is also an actor and stage performer. He has received several accolades and in 2014 he was nominated as the best actor in Kisumu county, Kenya. He has presented a testimonial solo verse before President Bill Clinton in 2015 during the Equity Annual Congress. Eshiwani aspires to work with World Bank where he believes he will be effective in transforming the economy of Africa through creating favorable policies, supporting innovation and creating employment opportunities to people in Africa. Eshiwani also has dreams of venturing into Kenyan politics to satisfy his quest for justified and democratic leadership. Currently he serves as a volunteer tutor in English to students who are learning English as their second language at Mount Hope United Methodist Church, Class of 2020 representative to the MSU Student government where he voices the unique concerns of members of his class and finally, the treasurer for Kenyans In Lansing Association.
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