Welcome MasterCard Foundation Scholars

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Oct. 9, 2014

Dean Leo Kempel and the College of Engineering welcomed the MasterCard Foundation Scholars to the college on Sept. 29.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars program is a nine-year initiative to educate and prepare young people – particularly from Africa – to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities. Michigan State University was awarded $45 million from the program to provide educational access to young people who are from economically disadvantaged communities and have demonstrated academic talent and leadership potential. Oswald Chisala of Zambia and Yusuf Njoroge of Kenya are greeted by academic adviser Dan King during a reception in the College of Engineering.

Mary Anne Walker, director of international programs, hosted the event.

“We wanted to let our students know how important they are to the college and to the future of innovation and economic development on the continent,” she said. “This reception gives the College of Engineering an opportunity to thank our MasterCard Foundation Scholars for their academic contributions.”

The 2013 MasterCard Foundation Scholars in the College of Engineering are:

Simbarashe Chidyagwai, from Zimbabwe, chemical engineering and materials science,

Sharon Onyango, Kenya, chemical engineering and materials science,

Joseph Thompson, Nigeria, chemical engineering and materials science,

Vincent Karenzi, Rwanda, civil and environmental engineering,

Jimmy Mkude, Tanzania, civil and environmental engineering,

Blessing Tayisepi, Zimbabwe, civil and environmental engineering,

Arnold Mutayoba, Tanzania, computer science and engineering,

Mukangwa Masamba, Zambia, mechanical engineering.

The 2014 MasterCard Foundation Scholars in the College of Engineering are:

Oswald Chisala, Zambia, mechanical engineering,

Amanuel Goshu, Ethiopia, computer science and engineering,

Orwell Madovi, Zimbabwe, electrical engineering,

Millicent Mlauzi, Zimbabwe, chemical engineering and materials science,

Yusuf Njoroge, Kenya, electrical engineering, and

Sadiq Hanatu, Nigeria, chemical engineering and materials science.

The MasterCard Foundation
With 50-plus years of engagement in Africa, Michigan State University partnered with The MasterCard Foundation in 2012 on a $500 million education initiative. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides talented, yet financially disadvantaged youth – especially those from Africa – with access to high-quality education.

MSU is the only institution in Michigan – and the Midwest – to join the program, which is part of a global network of institutions. The university will receive $45 million in funding from the foundation to support 185 scholars throughout the nine-year program, which includes 100 four-year undergraduates and 85 master’s degree students. MSU will host the most scholars among the six U.S. partner institutions and welcomed the first cohort of scholars this fall with four graduate and two undergraduate students. Read more on MSUToday: http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2012/msu-the-mastercard-foundation-partner-on-500-million-african-scholars-program/