International Studies & Programs

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.

Sort by
William Njobvu Cohort: 2014
Country: Zambia
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Economics
College: College of Social Science

Read Biography

Biography: William is an undergraduate studying economics. He plans to return to his home country after completing his studies at MSU in order to bring about economic gain and improve the livelihoods of the people in his community and in his country. "My studies at this university will help shape my understanding of the economy of my country and the world," says Njobvu. "With this knowledge, I will be able to help build the foundations of the change I want to see in my country. And with the different and new society values that I will gain here, I will be able to incorporate them with the social norms of my culture back home and help people understand the world better—and what needs to be done to make it a better place."

Eben Ansah Cohort: 2014
Country: Ghana
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Read Biography

Biography: Ebenezer received his master's in Community Sustainability in 2016. His goal after graduating is to become a Rural Development Economist. In this role, he will generate sustainable solutions for rural areas with agricultural development problems to improve the quality of life for the local community. Ebenezer hopes that his experiences and knowledge will have a major impact on the economic activities and livelihoods of the people in his home country of Ghana.

Jorem Awadu Cohort: 2014
Country: Uganda
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Rehabilitation Counseling
College: College of Education

Read Biography

Biography: Jorem holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Community Psychology from Makerere University in Uganda and now a Master's from MSU in Rehabilitation Counseling (2016). His area of expertise and contribution is to assess, create and modify vocations for people with various disabilities while helping them to succeed.

Timothy Nakedde Cohort: 2014
Country: Uganda
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Plant Breed, Genetics & Biotechnology
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Read Biography

Biography: Timothy received his master's in plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology. He developed a passion for this field of study during his undergraduate years when he visited the National Agricultural Research Organization, the flagship agricultural research entity in Uganda, and was amazed at the progress they were making to address problems like disease and drought. He has returned to Uganda to become part of a new crop of agricultural researchers who use biotechnology to advance agriculture. Nakedde says, "We need to have a vibrant agricultural research capacity to overcome the problems of pests, diseases, and low crop yields that plague African agriculture."

Makafui Borbi Cohort: 2014
Country: Ghana
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Food Science
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Read Biography

Biography: Makafui completed a Master's degree in Food Science. Before coming to MSU, she was a teaching and research assistant at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She is also the Grant Officer at Dynamic Research Access Media (DReAM), an NGO, which locally communicates scientific research findings to her community in Ghana. She was actively involved in educating various communities on diseases such as diabetes and hepatitis. Growing up in Ghana, she realized how much agricultural produce is wasted during bumper harvests. In the future, she plans to set up a food processing factory in Ghana to process and preserve fresh agricultural produce to minimize post-harvest waste and increase access of nutritional foods.

Caroline Latona Cohort: 2014
Country: Nigeria
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Advertising
College: College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Read Biography

Biography: Caroline received her Master's in Advertising. She plans to return to Nigeria to help start-up companies and small businesses build their brands and have access to affordable advertising opportunities. For over 2 years, she worked in an advertising agency in Lagos and contributed to the launch of pan-Nigerian campaigns in the areas of creativity and strategy, and spanning the private sector, non-profits, and government. While serving in these roles, she realized the major challenge for start-ups and small businesses across the country is having access to affordable marketing communications solutions. In her spare time, Caroline began using her writing, design skills, and knowledge of branding and marketing to help these start-up companies. The need for more knowledge in this area spurred her on to pursue an advanced degree in Advertising to enable her to help business owners make their ideas a reality.

Rose Mnzava Cohort: 2014
Country: Uganda
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Rehabilitation Counseling
College: College of Education

Read Biography

Biography: Rose completed her Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling. In the past, she was a member of a sign language club as well as a teacher to persons with disabilities and has taught the English language and Sign language to high school students. During that time, she realized that a significant number of people in society hold negative attitudes toward people with disabilities, and as a result many people are being isolated and neglected because family members and society lack knowledge about disability. This pushed her to further her education and she plans to dedicate her efforts toward educating Tanzanian society about the importance of taking care of special needs individuals.

Ange Kakpo Cohort: 2014
Country: Benin
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Read Biography

Biography: Ange received his Master's in Agricultural, Food, and Resources Economics. Before coming to Michigan State University, he worked in the Crop-Small Ruminants Project based in four West African countries, as a monitoring and evaluation officer. With the research skills he has acquired during his training, Ange would like to help the huge number of poor farmers in Benin by creating an NGO dedicated to serving them. Through this NGO, he will work with small-scale farmers to implement food security based projects. He hopes to strengthen 3,000 farmers' livelihoods within the first three years, and doubling this number in the following two years.

Arthur Muneza Cohort: 2014
Country: Rwanda
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Fisheries & Wildlife
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Read Biography

Biography: Originally from Rwanda, Arthur Muneza grew up in Kenya where he developed a strong connection with wildlife through the scout movement. As a scout leader, Arthur led various community service projects such as cleaning the Nairobi River, sweeping police stations and volunteering in children’s homes. Arthur received his Master’s in Fisheries and Wildlife, specializing in wildlife conservation. Arthur’s Master’s research on Giraffe Skin Disease has illuminated a species and a disease that has been largely ignored by both the scientific community and public. In March 2016, Arthur was the first recipient of the Leiden Conservation Foundation Fellowship grant, which covers full tuition of his PhD program with the Research on the Ecology of Carnivores and their Prey laboratory at MSU. At the same time, Arthur will be working as the East Africa Coordinator for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, where his primary role is to network with researchers and conservation managers from NGOs, iNGOs and government institutions to support and implement conservation strategies that secure the future of giraffe populations in East Africa. These experiences, along with his involvement in the scout movement, have inspired Arthur to advocate for better wildlife protection while at the same time engage local communities so that indigenous people can make a living out of the benefits provided by a viable ecosystem. His interests are population management, wildlife ecology, conservation action plans implementation, and large carnivores and their prey.

Eva Tetteh Cohort: 2014
Country: Ghana
Level of Study: Graduate
Major: Public Policy
College: College of Social Science

Read Biography

Biography: Eva received her Master's in Public Policy in 2016. She is passionate about issues in development and poverty reduction, and her quest is to break the manacle of poverty which has crippled many people in her home country and in other developing countries. She believes that earning her advanced degree through the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program has equipped her with the skills and knowledge she needs to engage in results-oriented research, where she will find solutions to promote development, poverty reduction and also influence policy decision making in Africa and the world at large. Her dream is to pursue research and other academic endeavors. Eva also hopes to establish a community library in her neighborhood to improve the children's reading and writing skills.

MCF Facebook MCF Twitter MCF Youtube MCF Instagram MCF wordpress

#MCFScholars on Social