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New Scholar Elected as Scholars Council Representative

Published: Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017
Author: The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
Department: Office of the Dean

Every year, MasterCard Foundation Scholars elect a new Scholars Council Representative. After a nomination and campaign process, a Scholar is chosen to hold this position for a one-year term.

The newly elected Representative is Jackie Umurerwa, an undergraduate nursing student expecting to graduate in December 2019. Jackie is originally from Rwanda and has plans to put her nursing skills to work in her home country.

"After I finish graduate school, I plan on going back to work in Rwanda," Jackie said. "My goal is to start my own clinic or work in a hospital as a midwife. I hope to train and prepare other nurses that do not have the opportunity to study in an advanced program."

While the nursing program is Jackie's top priority, she finds that there are many benefits of studying at MSU—the expansive networking opportunities and leadership-skill building will prepare her for her future career.

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys volunteering for community organizations. She is part of AFSEP—a women empowerment group, Cutting Edge Christian, and the MSU Lions club—a student volunteer group for the Lansing community.

Jackie feels that her service experience and passion to help others qualify her to represent her fellow Scholars.

"I wanted to become the Scholars Council Representative so that I could serve my fellow scholars," Jackie said. "I am a disciplined student, I respect and honor my colleagues, and I like helping my community any way that I can."

As the Scholars Council Representative, Jackie must work to serve her fellow Scholars by advocating for them and their needs to program staff.  She will also communicate any concerns that program staff have to the Scholars.

"I wish to act as a bridge between the Scholars and the administration, but I also really hope to connect the Scholars to one another. It's important that they have opportunities to bond and network with each other," Jackie said. "I'm also planning to introduce new volunteering opportunities to the scholars, while facilitating a Scholar-run mentorship program."

Jackie will work to represent her fellow MasterCard Foundation Scholars and welcome the new class of Scholars to MSU for the 2017-2018 school year.


We would like to thank Hafsa Abass, the former Scholars Council Representative, for her service to the students and the program. Hafsa worked directly with Scholars from 19 partner institutes during her time as Representative, and represented the MSU Scholars at various events in Ghana, Arizona, and Michigan. She also served as a member of the mentorship committee, collaborating with global Scholars to design an initiative to help students find suitable mentors in their home countries.

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