A citizen of Nigeria and graduate of the African Leadership Academy, Ola plans to major in Economics and Management. She would also like to minor in French and to attain a global health certificate. Her academically distinguished record at the African Leadership Academy(ALA) includes a published research paper in the school’s scientific research journal. Ola is passionate about improving the health sector in Nigeria and improving resource allocation within the country’s economy. According to Ola’s secondary school biology teacher, Ola’s passion and academic strength position her to make a real difference in Nigeria.
Beyond the classroom, Ola stands out as a vibrant and passionate community member. Her contributions come through dance, music, and student government. Ola’s roles as a school prefect and as a member of her school’s electoral body showcase her leadership prowess. She was also awarded the Allan Gray Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for her job as the COO of ALA’s student-run restaurant and café. Ola is very passionate about Nigeria and Africa. She hopes not only to address many problems in Africa, but also to empower youth to take action, using the arts as a medium.
Allan is a Kenyan sophomore at Duke University studying Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science. He currently works as a technological assistant at the Duke University Office of Information Technology, and previously worked as a Calculus Tutor for the Duke University Academic Resource Center, and as a Content Analyst for Ecademy Africa. He attended Moi Forces Academy in Nairobi where he served in the student government as a Library Captain, chaired the Wildlife Club and one of his most notable accomplishments was designing a property management system presented to the Kenya Chief of Defense Force. When not fixing computers, Allan enjoys playing guitar, tennis, chess and joking with friends.
T.C. Dong was born in Changsha and emigrated from China to South Africa when she was seven years old. While she remains proud of her Chinese heritage, as a young adult she has discovered her South African identity, forged by her years as one of the top academic students at the African Leadership Academy.
T.C.’s academic interests include Biomedical Engineering, Music, and Computer Engineering. In addition to her commitment to service, dedication to sustainable agriculture, and her talent in playing the violin, TC is particularly accomplished in science. In 2011 she was the top student in the South African National Science Olympiad for Biology, winning a trip to Australia. The following year T.C. was named the “Top Girl Learner Nationally” in South Africa, for Life Sciences.
As a member of the United States Student Achievers Program, run through the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Clive was drawn from Zimbabwe to Durham for Duke University’s research opportunities and programs. Clive hopes he might use his engineering skills to design and develop products relevant to his community’s needs. His focus is on modern technology as well as humanitarian and social innovations.
He graduated with top academic results from Shungu High School in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, where he was a strong leader as a student prefect, basketball team captain, journalism bureau chief, theatre club president, best speaker in debate, and chess team captain. Clive also participated in fundraising for the elderly and orphans. He co-created the first children’s magazine in the Kwekwe district.
From a child-headed household in Tembisa Township, Busi was chosen for a highly selective scholarship at the American International School of Johannesburg through the Student Sponsorship Program, a South African NGO. In her Duke application, Busi wrote: “I am going to university as a symbol of hope to my community that anything is possible. I carry the hopes of my mother who only completed grade seven in school. I carry the dreams of my grandfather who didn’t even have that basic education. Foremost I carry my community’s yearning for someone to make a significant change, someone to break the cycle of poverty.”
Busi chaired her school’s Global Issues Service Summit for students from across Africa. This young leader captained the volleyball and basketball teams. She topped her secondary school’s academic list in many categories as teachers selected award recipients for graduation. Busi’s main interests lie in economic development and development aid on the African continent, hence why she has chosen to major in economics. To top it all off, Busi has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Busi currently serves as the chairperson of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Council.
School: United World College of the Atlantic (UK)
Interests: Volunteers to train community about boating safety, peer counseling, editor of school paper, founder of a political debate group, founder of a group that deconstructs minority stereotypes, a cappella choir, surfing.
Other: He wants a “life of service; to my country and especially to people from marginalized communities.”
Elaine comes from Meru, Kenya where she received her elementary school education before proceeding to Alliance Girls’ High School, one of the most prestigious national schools in Nairobi, Kenya. Having spent most of her childhood in a village, Elaine believes that her admission to Duke University has not only been of great value to her life but also to her community at large. Duke has provided with her with diverse experiences that have shaped her into the person she has become. At Duke, she has taken part in various academic, cultural and community activities which have been very influential in her academic and personal journey. Duke provided her opportunities to continue playing soccer for a Durham league and to continue peer tutoring through the Duke Academic Resource Center. As she completes her four- year journey, she is more than grateful to MCF, which brought her dreams to fruition and she hopes to help others like her realize their dreams. After school, she will be joining Morgan Stanley as a technology analyst.
Florence is a MCF scholar from Tanzania, double majoring in Global Health and Chinese. In 2008, she took the first position in Form Two National Examinations in Tanzania. In the same year, she founded the Brooke Bond School Arts Club promoting sex education. She received an Academic Excellence Award in 2010, and a scholarship to the International School of Tanganyika in 2011. Florence’s team also won the 2014 Duke SEAD Competition by developing a marketing strategy to maximize Kenya’s health insurance. In the summer of 2014, Florence spent eight weeks in Beijing studying intensive Chinese Mandarin through the Duke in China program. In Fall 2014, she joined Duke Kunshan University for a semester study abroad program. Florence wanted to expand her understanding of the Chinese culture and history. She visited many places such as Shanghai, Xian and Hong Kong. She is a member of the Kunshan Student Advisory Council for DKU at Duke. Florence works at the Duke Infectious Disease Department and as a Swahili to English translator for the Mvomero Malaria project conducted by Duke faculty in Tanzania. Learn more about Florence in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA1xXHJL_7U
Shanen comes from Rose-Hill, Mauritius, where she spent her whole schooling years before college. At Duke, she is pursuing a self-designed major in Human Cognitive Evolution. The curriculum draws heavily from the fields of Neuroscience, Evolutionary Anthropology, and Genomics, in the pursuit of a multilayered understanding of human brain and behavior. As an undergraduate Shanen spent her sophomore summer interning with the African Leadership University in her home country. She also worked with the Empathetic Systems lab group in Japan, researching the genotypic variants underlying personality in the common marmoset and spent a semester studying Psychology and Neuroscience in the Netherlands. Shanen is passionate about science communication, research, education policy and social entrepreneurship. She is immensely grateful for the opportunities that Duke and the MasterCard Foundation provided for her immersion in different cultures over the course of her time as an undergraduate and hopes to put her education to the service of her community.
An alumnus of St Ignatius College (Harare, Zimbabwe) and a graduate of The African Leadership Academy (Johannesburg, South Africa), it was Tapiwa’s experience at these two high schools that made him realize his passion for service. St Ignatius College’s motto, “We are people for others,” and The African Leadership Academy’s (ALA’s) philosophy of giving back constitute a dogma to which Tapiwa has committed himself. He hopes to give back to his community and serve others by being a policy maker in Zimbabwe.
The duration of Tapiwa’s high school years was filled with an insatiable need to be involved. His engagement ranged from being a school prefect, a member of the student government, and a committee member of the Youth Against Aids club, to committing to varsity basketball and varsity debate.
At Duke, Tapiwa intends to double major in Public Policy and Political Science and possibly minor in Economics. Beyond the classroom, Tapiwa feels honored to be a member of the Duke Debate Society.
I come from the Musanze district in Northern Rwanda. I graduated from Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology, an all-girls school for outstanding students in the country. Coming to Duke University was a dream come true for me. I am currently a pre-med student at Duke with an intention to double major in global health and environmental science. I also have a keen interest in scientific research, particularly research on infectious/epidemic diseases such as Ebola and HIV/AIDS, which are associated with several environmental factors. And I look forward to my research experience this summer in the Howard Hughes Research fellows program. I’m very passionate about health and dream of being part of the solution to Rwanda’s health care system, in addressing the critical shortage of health workers. I want to positively impact the health care system on the African continent.
I believe education is not only for the mind, but it is also for the hands and heart. Living and studying in a diverse, intellectually rigorous, yet engaging environment at Duke University, is an opportunity for me to explore different activities, which will develop me as an individual. The knowledge that I will receive, as well as the ability to interact with other students of different ideologies, will give me the critical thinking skills which are essential to the implementation of my future goal of building homes for orphans in my community. I am currently studying Electrical and Computer Engineering with the goal of going back to Zimbabwe and empowering the youth in my community to have an interest in technology through the establishment of youth training programs. The aim of these programs will be to develop an interest in technology, increase people’s skills and livelihood chances and self reliance, especially for the women of my community. Apart from computers, I enjoy theatre and music. It is my ambition to create animated cartoons in the future. My long-term goal is to provide direct relief to those who need it most in my community. After my education at Duke, I will be better able to assist the orphans and street children in Zimbabwe, by providing them with a shelter and free education through networking with existing establishments in Zimbabwe and creating partnerships which will make the services of the orphanages more effective for the children. This is something I am passionate about not only because of the alarming rise in the number of street children in my community, but also due to my past experiences.
Paschalia hails from Tanzania, a country she believes is beautiful and endowed with natural resources but rampant with corruption and poor governance. Paschalia despite facing challenging circumstances at a young age managed to push herself to attain the best education. Passing her “O” levels with flying colors in 2012 Paschalia received a prestigious scholarship at International School of Moshi where she learned about Duke University. She believes that this moment was the stepping stone that landed her the golden opportunity as one of the MasterCard foundation scholars at Duke. Paschalia recognized her passion for the arts at a tender age of six when she began spending hours creating comics on issues around her. Unfortunately, she abandoned art due to lack of art classes and her needed full commitment to Science subjects. At Duke, Paschalia fell in love with Arts again and decided to pursue her childhood dream by combining her love for story-telling and Arts as a Visual Arts major and Visual Media Studies minor. Paschalia’s interests include 2D and 3D Animation, Film, Front-end web design, Graphics design, Illustration and traditional drawing. Through her arts, Paschalia dreams of providing opportunities for other young and talented artists in Tanzania, tell and preserve Tanzanian stories but also use her work as a medium of spreading awareness on the malnourished sectors in Tanzania like health and education, which she believes is the culprit of the continuous replication of underdevelopment and poverty
My hometown is Prampram, a rural area in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. I wanted to come to Duke because students at Duke have a unique opportunity to be part of a smaller school with a strong sense of community and camaraderie, but still gain the benefits of being a dynamic part of a top-notch university. My experience at Duke so far has been very rewarding. I hope to major in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and to conduct independent research in my field of interest. I am very passionate about providing clean water systems to developing regions in Africa. I am currently shadowing a PhD student who is working on sensors for water quality sampling. Also, I hope to aid in the establishment of institutions whose mission will be to promote the fusion of science and technology in Africa. My goal is to start with my home country and move on to other countries, leveraging the networks I am forming at Duke University and the MasterCard Foundation (MCF) Scholars Program.
My name is Philemon Kiprop Kiptoo, from Marakwet in ElgeyoMarakwet County, Kenya. My journey to Duke was challenging and adventurous at the same time. Mainly intrigued by Duke’s Engineering sector and the MCF program at Duke, I finally made my way here. Currently, I’m considering Civil Engineering and will probably pursue a minor in the near future. After graduation, I think I might go back to my country. Concerning giving back to my community, I don’t think there is the right or exact moment to start doing this. Giving back is a continuous process. From motivating your peers to do well in school and accessing greater opportunities, to carrying out tangible projects at home, the end result is a positive impact in society. However, I hope that in the future, I will access even better ways of giving back.
A world-class education at Duke University, supported by $13.5 million in funding from The MasterCard Foundation, fosters growth and development in a select group of students from Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing areas.
Charlie Piot, professor in Cultural Anthropology and in African and African American Studies guides The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Duke as their faculty director. With more than 25 years conducting research in West Africa and studying issues on the continent, Piot explains why this program is needed to help solve a core problem in Africa… the exodus of highly educated people.
The entire Duke University community supports The MasterCard Foundation Scholars, inside the classroom and out. Three people play key roles in the success of the program and the scholars at Duke.
Julia Coleman joins the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows as the Administrative Assistant for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Julia brings eight years of experience working with and nurturing graduate students from all over the globe in Duke’s International House.
Charlie Piot, Professor in Cultural Anthropology and in African and African American Studies guides the MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Duke as their faculty director. With more than 25 years conducting research in West Africa and study issues on the continent, Dr. Piot knows and cares about Africa.
Liz, a native of Kenya, is an MD and Masters in Global Health Candidate in the Duke University School of Medicine. “In addition to my interest in medicine, I am deeply interested in access to education for young people in sub-Saharan Africa. I see myself in all the MCF scholars, and for this reason I deeply enjoy working with them as they begin to map out the rest of their lives.”
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a $500 million education initiative that addresses access to education and employment for talented yet economically disadvantaged students from developing countries – particularly in Africa. This initiative will offer 15,000 students a comprehensive package for secondary and university education that includes financial, academic, and social support, as well as transitional assistance into the workforce. The Program is unique in its emphasis on selecting students who are committed to “giving back” to their communities and their countries of origin.
The program was announced in September 2012 at a United Nations Special Session marking the launch of Education First. Led by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown, Education First is a new initiative seeking to ensure all children have access to quality education. The U.N. Special Session highlighted The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program as an innovative model for educating young people and encouraging citizenship. To learn more visit www.mastercardfdnscholars.org.
The MasterCard Foundation advances microfinance and youth learning to promote financial inclusion and prosperity. Through collaboration with committed partners in 49 countries, the Foundation is helping people living in poverty to access opportunities to learn and prosper. An independent, private foundation based in Toronto, Canada, it was established through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide at the time of the company’s initial public offering in 2006. For more information, visit www.mastercardfdn.org.
Like The MasterCard Foundation, Duke thinks and acts globally. Duke leaders believe education is the key to improving the lives of people on all continents. Duke and the MasterCard Foundation share a common strategy of creating change agents. We show our students how to apply knowledge to real world issues.
For Duke, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is not only a natural fit, but also the type of collaboration the university actively seek as a progressive institution, providing liberal education in the context of a world-class research university. Duke will provide interdisciplinary ways of thinking, encouraging young people from Africa to discover creative and collaborative ways to address education, health, employment, and economic issues.
President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation
Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation, discusses why Duke is a great institution for scholars from Africa.
Dean of Undergraduate Education at Duke
Steve Nowicki explains how the university plans to support the growth of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars and how thrilled the campus is to welcome the first five scholars.
Duke and many other organizations share in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The model is unique, in that it leverages education as a powerful driver of social and economic progress in Africa.
The future of Africa will be shaped by its young people. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program has selected world-class universities and non-profit institutions to provide them with skills to develop leadership and critical thinking skills, analyze problems and solve them through collaboration.
Over the next 10 years, The MasterCard Foundation will enable 15,000 students from developing countries – primarily from Africa- to access quality secondary and university education and leadership development so they are able to contribute to Africa’s place in the global economy. There are currently 145 Scholars enrolled at Duke, Arizona State, Michigan State, University of California – Berkeley, American University of Beirut – Faculty of Health Sciences (Lebanon), Ashesi University (Ghana), and EARTH University (Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean). Graduates from the African Leadership Academy have been placed in universities worldwide. The program in the U.S. also includes Stanford and Wellesley, where scholars will begin attending in 2013.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke is open to students from sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate financial need, academic ability and merit, and demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of others in their communities. Students apply to Duke first, and are then considered for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The following links may be of assistance.
In addition to merit, a few of our scholarships also require demonstration of financial need. Please provide the Financial Aid office with all necessary documentation, no later than the first week in March, to optimize consideration for scholarship awards.
One of Duke’s great advantages for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars is the network of resources the university provides to scholars, their families, and students who are interested in the program.
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