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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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Phoebe Tuyishime Cohort: 2016
Country: Rwanda
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Nursing
College: College of Nursing

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Biography: Phoebe is an undergraduate studying nursing.

Roselyn Wilbard Kaihula Cohort: 2015
Country: Tanzania
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Organization & Community Leadership (MSW)
College: College of Social Science

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Biography: Roselyn is a graduate scholar majoring in social work, specifically organization and community leadership. Roselyn received her bachelor's degree from the Institute of Social Work in Tanzania. Before coming to MSU she was a leader of the department of children's civil rights in a non-profit. Her primary interests are human rights advocacy, social development, and economic growth. Her goal is to use her education to protect children's lives in Tanzania and on the continent through policy changes. She also plans to pursue her doctorate in social work. Roselyn enjoys listening to music, reading, watching movies, dancing and traveling.

Auguste Shikongo Cohort: 2015
Country: Namibia
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Organization & Community Leadership (MSW)
College: College of Social Science

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Biography: Auguste is a graduate scholar pursuing a master's degree in social work, specifically community and organization leadership. Auguste holds a bachelor's degree in social work from University of Namibia. Before coming to MSU, Auguste volunteered with Catholic Aids Action, Namibia's first faith-based NGO responding to the country's HIV/AIDS crisis. The NGO provided home-based family care and counseling, youth education and prevention, and care and support for orphans and vulnerable children. After graduation, Auguste plans to return to Namibia and improve the living conditions for marginalized, disadvantaged, and vulnerable communities across Africa. Auguste enjoys watching television, shopping, and spending time with children.

Arnold Chiswanda Cohort: 2015
Country: Zimbabwe
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Civil Engineering
College: College of Engineering

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Biography: Arnold is an undergraduate student who will be studying civil engineering. Before his Spartan experience began, he volunteered on a weekly basis at a child care center in Harare. He hopes to use his bachelor's degree to improve the state of Zimbabwean infrastructure, which suffers from neglect and mismanagement. He is also interested in developing sustainable engineering practices in Africa. Chiswanda enjoys sport and politics, and is grateful to the MasterCard Foundation for the unique challenge to become one of the architects of the future of Africa.

Leonard Mukosi Cohort: 2016
Country: Zimbabwe
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: International Law
College: College of Law

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Biography: Leonard Mukosi is a graduate student pursuing a Masters in Law degree. He graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa with Bachelor of Social Sciences (2013) and Bachelor of Laws /LLB (2015) degree. Studying law at different foreign institutions country has broadened his outlook on life and has given him an extended appreciation of different legal systems. Looking at legal problems globally from a comparative perspective, Leonard came to the realization that the struggle for Human rights is still very critical especially in Africa. This has ultimately shaped his passion for International Human Rights Law which is currently his main area of interest. Human rights have grown to become a life passion for him such that by the time he completed undergraduate studies, Leonard had already began the preliminaries into launching a career that he believes will place him very much in the driving seat of rethinking and redefining human rights especially in an African context where the problem of gross human rights violations is yet to be tackled. This involved writing papers uncovering the magnitude of Human right violations like Xenophobia in South Africa as well as giving free legal advice to people with human right cases. His contribution and influence in the Human Rights field will not be limited within the confines of his own country but shall extend beyond the African continent to benefit all humanity through catapulting an awareness of the need for an effective observance of Human Rights across the whole world.

Ketelelo Moapare Cohort: 2015
Country: Botswana
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Civil Engineering
College: College of Engineering

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Biography: Ketelelo is an undergraduate studying civil engineering. At the age of 13 he helped Peace Corps volunteers set up the first community library in New Xade. Ketelelo co-founded Ride For Life Botswana, a charitable project aimed at helping children with disabilities by riding bicycles to raise funds. He also volunteered with the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Teen Club program in Gaborone where he tutored children living with HIV and AIDS in science and mathematics. Unreliable energy supplies, lack of drinkable water, and lack of investment in research and development are some of the challenges Ketelelo hopes to address when he returns to Botswana.

Ebrima Njie Cohort: 2015
Country: The Gambia
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Civil Engineering
College: College of Engineering

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Biography: Ebrima is an undergraduate student majoring in engineering. Ebrima grew up in an environment with very limited resources, development and awareness. "I always try to maximize my efforts so as to produce the best both in academics and character, however I realized that with the zeal and capability all embedded in me, I can enormously help not only my, community, nation or continent but also the world at large," he says. His zeal for volunteerism and improving his community meant he participated in many community and volunteer activities, including teaching. He plans to return to Gambia and use his experience and knowledge to solve a diverse range of problems.

Florence Uwimbabazi Cohort: 2015
Country: Rwanda
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Public Relations
College: College of Communication Arts and Sciences

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Biography: Florence is a first year graduate scholar studying for a master's degree in public relations. Florence holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rwanda. Before joining the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, Florence was member of the Young Workers Generation, a motivational group for Rwandan youth that offers a forum to openly discuss and address issues in their communities. Her primary interests are international communications, media relations and women's empowerment. After graduation, Florence would like to work for a non-profit organization to mentor young girls to become advocates for women's issues and achieve their career goals. She would also like to implement far-reaching policy changes to make education more accessible. Florence enjoys watching debate shows, documentaries and movies, and listening to music.

Nzube Prisca Egboluche Cohort: 2015
Country: Nigeria
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Plant, Soil, Microbial Sciences
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Biography: Nzube is a graduate scholar studying crop and soil sciences. She obtained her bachelor's degree in soil sciences from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Before she came to MSU, she participated in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at Nnamdi Azikikwe University Nigeria as an administrative officer and academic adviser. She also taught theoretical and practical agricultural science and organized service learning opportunities for students to work with local farmers. After graduation she would like to contribute to management and improvement of soil fertility in Nigeria and Africa at large to ensure food security for a growing population. She would also like to lecture in crop and soil sciences and continue her research.

Perpetual Koech Cohort: 2015
Country: Kenya
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Civil Engineering
College: College of Engineering

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Biography: Perpetual Koech is an undergraduate scholar majoring in Civil Engineering. She believes that education is the only bridge between the poor and the rich and is therefore taking strides in making her imagination become a reality. She spent her gap year after high school volunteering as a community tutor and championing for youth empowerment in her community, Kenya. Her desire and determination to be a leader will be perpetuated by her position as a Spartan Success Coach at Michigan State University. Inspired by her humble upbringing, Perpetual values community service and therefore hopes to dedicate her time do good works. In completion of her studies, her goal is to help solve problems in Kenya and extend to other parts of Africa especially in the fields of agriculture and infrastructure.

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